May, 2024

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Optimize the Off-Season: Planning for School Enrollment Success in 2024-25

Enrollment Catalyst

The right plan can make all the difference in your recruitment and retention efforts. Yet, the reality for many independent and faith-based schools is a lack of a coherent strategy. Instead of strategic planning, they drift from one project to the next, often missing significant opportunities. No matter if your school’s enrollment is overflowing, nearly full, or dwindling, a thoughtfully crafted strategic plan is crucial.

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TWO Demographic Cliffs? The Enrollment Case for Diversifying Revenue Streams

Ruffaloni

How many times have we all read about the demographic cliff? I wonder if we’ve become desensitized to its implications. Now that the anticipated starting point (2025) is at our doorstep, institutions must be ready. To that end, I’ve been working a white paper (to be published in June) that will lay out more than a dozen strategies that institutions can use to build alternative revenue (student) streams.

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Higher Education Contact Center vs. Multi-Industry Call Center: What’s the Difference?

Enrollment Builders

Do you want to increase student enrollment and feel that outsourcing part of your admissions process can help you get there? If so, you’re probably considering hiring an admissions partner to communicate with your prospective students.

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Can Adult Students Save Colleges From the Enrollment Cliff?

BestColleges

The college-age population is expected to decline considerably starting in 2025. To counter drops in traditional-age enrollments, colleges can seek to re-enroll students who never completed degrees. Adult learners have different needs than traditional-age college students. Project Kitty Hawk in North Carolina helps state universities launch programs for working adults.

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Mindset and Approach- A Rising Senior’s Guide to College Admission

Georgia Tech Admissions Blog

Last year I wrote this blog criticizing February , and man did the Feb fans have some words. Wow. Well, now I’m taking the other side of that coin to say that I’m a big fan of May. First, the weather. Now, maybe you live somewhere I’m not thinking of or unfamiliar with and you have some terrible May situation, but in the South, the pollen is gone, the flowers are out, the bugs and humidity haven’t arrived, and most mornings and evenings are cool.

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Origins of College Students: Understanding Geographic Diversity

College Transitions

When students and their families explore college choices, the geographic diversity of the student body can be a key consideration. Understanding where students originate from can provide insights into the cultural mix, networking opportunities, and the overall appeal of a college.

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Register for the Enrollment Marketing Geeks’ 2024 workshops!

Enrollment Catalyst

Collaborate, learn, and discover a Family Journey framework that will help you prioritize and implement proven recruitment and retention strategies. Join Andy Lynch and Dr. Rick Newberry (a.k.a., the Enrollment Marketing Geeks) this fall for a one-day, in-person workshop! Using the Family Journey framework, you’ll affirm what you’re doing well and close gaps in your marketing and admissions process.

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Medical School Requirements in 2024: The Definitive Guide

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Learn what medical school prerequisites to take and what extracurricular activities to pursue to meet your premed requirements and maximize your admission chances Understanding medical school requirements is crucial as you map out your college courses Introduction Medical school degree requirement Medical school course requirements Medical school major requirements Medical school GPA requirement Medical school MCAT requirement Medical school extracurricular activity requirements Medical school l

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Biden Admin Forgives $6B in Debt for Former Art Institute Students

BestColleges

The Department of Education will forgive debt for over 300,000 former Art Institute students. ED found that the Art Institute misled potential students with inflated job placement rates. This appears to be the biggest debt forgiveness action aimed at any for-profit institution under the Biden administration. Former students need not take any further action to qualify for debt forgiveness.

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Interested in a Gap Year? The Pros and Cons + How to Make the Most of it

Scoir

For many parents/guardians, it might be a daunting idea to let their student take a gap year off of school before leaving for college. Most parents worry that their student may decide not to attend college after taking a year off, instead opting to wander the world as a vagabond.

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150 Journal Prompts for Kids, Middle & High School Students

College Transitions

Teens and young children alike can benefit enormously from the practice of journaling. Journaling can provide a healthy mode of processing all kinds of thoughts, from complicated emotions, to funny ideas, to big life goals. The classroom can be a great place to start journaling, whether the practice stays here or carries on throughout students’ […] The post 150 Journal Prompts for Kids, Middle & High School Students first appeared on College Transitions.

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How to nail your scholarship application essay

Colorado State University

When it comes to applying for scholarships, the task can be immediately overwhelming. Where do you find scholarships? How do you apply? What do they each require? This is going to take forever! But at Colorado State, we do things a little differently. We’re so proud of our one-and-done scholarship application process. Almost all CSU scholarships live in the same place, and can be applied for with one application, one time, and that’s it.

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Introducing the New Ivies

Top Tier Admissions

The Ivies are making headlines again, but not in a good way. Between shifting admissions policies, flip-flopping on the role of standardized tests ( Harvard , Dartmouth , Cornell , Brown , Yale —we’re looking at you!) noted grade inflation, rising tuition costs , and bungled responses to campus protests, it’s been a contentious season for these eight elite institutions.

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All Eyes on Opticianry Department at Vision Expo East 2024

#LetsBFRANK: The College Admissions Blog

Franklin Cummings Tech Opticianry student Devyn Shea was the winner of the nationwide NFOS College Bowl academic competition sponsored by Essilor/Luxottica. There were 13 schools competing for the title, with Franklin Cummings Tech repeating as national champion for the second year in a row. The College Bowl is part of Vision Expo East, an annual event for ophthalmic professionals focusing on eyewear, education, and fashion, that was held in March at the Javits Center in New York City.

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University of North Carolina System Eliminates DEI Policy

BestColleges

The University of North Carolina (UNC) System's Board of Governors voted to remove a policy that required schools to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). All 17 schools in the UNC System will have to end DEI efforts by Sept. 1. Students rallied against the board's vote, voicing their support for DEI. UNC faculty are also frustrated with the vote, and the secrecy surrounding it.

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How to Use a 529 Plan Strategically

road2college

Saving money in a 529 plan for college expenses puts you ahead of the game. However, you need to know. The post How to Use a 529 Plan Strategically appeared first on Road2College.

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Transformative Experience: Harvard University Summer Debate Camp 2024

sparkslearn

Elevate your debate prowess and join the ranks of articulate orators at the esteemed Harvard University Summer Debate Camp 2024 Council’s annual summer camp. This exclusive program is meticulously designed for high school students who are passionate about honing their debating skills, critical thinking, and public speaking abilities. Engage in a comprehensive curriculum that meticulously intertwines policy analysis with the art of persuasion.

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Common App vs. Coalition: What’s the Difference?

College Transitions

Rising seniors who will be applying to college this fall are almost sure to face the question, “Common App vs. Coalition: what’s the difference?” However, this rivalry isn’t quite on par with Coke vs. Pepsi, Ford vs. Chevy, or Nike vs. Reebok. Rather, the case of the Common App vs.

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Alternative Pathways to a Career in Computer Science

College Wise

As we slip further into a world dominated by technology, careers in computer science have continued to become more and more highly sought after. Add to that the public image of successful tech tycoons like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg, and it’s no surprise that high school students are often eager to strive toward futures related to CS.

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How to Get Into the Yale School of Medicine: Requirements and Strategies

Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Learn the Yale Medical School acceptance rate, admissions requirements, and strategies, plus YSM secondary essay examples Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Yale School of Medicine MD programs Part 3: How hard is it to get into the Yale School of Medicine? Part 4: Yale Medical School secondary application essays (examples included Part 5: Yale Medical School interviews - Part 1: Introduction Established in 1810, the Yale School of Medicine is known as one of the oldest medical schools in the United St

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UNC-Chapel Hill to Divert Millions in DEI Funding Into Law Enforcement

BestColleges

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees met during a special meeting May 13 to unanimously pass the flex cut amendment. The decision to divert funds comes after a pro-Palestinian protest on campus resulted in over 30 arrests. Marty Kotis, vice chair of the board's budget and finance committee, said diversity in a lot of people's minds is divisiveness, exclusion, and indoctrination and called for more unity.

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Dear Roadie, My Son Insists on Borrowing $200K For a School We Can’t Afford. Did I Fail Him as a Parent?

road2college

Dear Roadie, My child committed to a school we cannot afford. He’ll be in debt for potentially $200,000. We fought. The post Dear Roadie, My Son Insists on Borrowing $200K For a School We Can’t Afford. Did I Fail Him as a Parent? appeared first on Road2College.

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Student vlog: How to choose the right college for you

Colorado State University

A Ram’s Life is a vlog series for Rams by Rams, and showcases everything from the daily life of a CSU Ram to advice videos, DIY tutorials, tips and tricks for navigating college life, and even excursions into Fort Collins and beyond Colorado State. Sit down with Colorado State University vlogger, Amanda, and learn how she narrowed down her college list and chose to come to CSU.

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What is a Gap Year?

College Transitions

What is a gap year, anyway? To answer that question, we’ll need to make a brief detour to the 1980s. Back then, parents’ worst nightmare was that their flaky Gen-X teens would defer entry into college, stating that they first needed to “find themselves.

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The College Curators 2024 College Acceptances

The College Curators

The College Curators 2024 List of College Acceptances: Helping High School Seniors Find the Right School Congratulations to the Class of 2024 high school seniors! We are so proud of.

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Applying to U.S. Colleges as an International Student

Top Tier Admissions

Last year, there were over one million international scholars enrolled in U.S. colleges, drawn by the promise of an excellent education and increased professional opportunities. For students coming to the U.S. from abroad, however, applying to these schools can feel incredibly complicated, especially as application processes often differ from those in their home countries.

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Yale Chooses 24th President, Stony Brook’s Maurie McInnis

BestColleges

Maurie McInnis, president of Stony Brook University, has also served in leadership roles at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. McInnis helped establish the New York Climate Exchange, a public campus for climate research, solutions, and student opportunities. Yale's 23rd president, Peter Salovey, announced last year he would retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year to return to a faculty position.

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Guide to English Proficiency Tests for College Applications

ACM College Consulting

English proficiency tests could be an application requirement if you are an international student, non-native English speaker or attending a school which is not in English and/or in an English-speaking country. With several options available, it's important to understand the different tests and admissions requirements. In this guide, we'll give you a quick breakdown of what you need to know about English proficiency tests for college applications. 1.

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How to Choose A College Major

Ivy College Essay

How to Choose A College Major Wondering how to choose a college major? Choosing your major in college is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make during your academic journey. The choice shapes your career path, influences your future job opportunities, and even impact your personal life, the types of other people you will meet along the way, and your overall life fulfillment.

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Early Action vs Early Decision: Understanding the Difference

Solomon Admissions

So, you’ve started researching colleges you’re interested in applying to. You’ve done the virtual tour, read about the amazing clubs, and dreamt about having group Spotify sessions with your dorm floor. You’re starting to make your spreadsheet with the college deadlines, and you’re coming across a few different types of deadlines, including Early Decision and… The post Early Action vs Early Decision: Understanding the Difference appeared first on Solomon Admissions Consulting.

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Here’s Why Taking Out Huge College Loans Isn’t Worth It

road2college

Parents, it’s always better to choose the best school you can afford and not take on any significant amount of. The post Here’s Why Taking Out Huge College Loans Isn’t Worth It appeared first on Road2College.

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Summer Volunteer Ideas

Excelsior Admissions Consulting

Does your student have time to volunteer this summer? Here are some suggestions for both long and short-term opportunities. (Click on underlined names for links to the programs.) Central Park offers Teen Volunteer Days on the weekends where groups of teens clean up areas of the park. Interested in farming in NYC? Earth Matters offers Friday work days and compost builds where teens can learn about composting, gardening, and animal care.

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Meet Sophia, Your Robot Commencement Speaker

BestColleges

D'Youville University is having an AI robot speak at commencement. Sophia the robot will engage in a Q&A with a student leader. Some students and faculty are upset by the university's choice of speaker. D'Youville has established a second ceremony not featuring Sophia. It's that time of year again when universities everywhere are busy announcing commencement speakers for the annual spring ceremony.

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Parents, Don't Be Afraid to Let Go On College Decision Day

Scoir

College decision time is here, and many students are still uncertain about which college they will attend. What makes this year even more difficult is the FAFSA delays. Plus, just like in recent years, a number of students may have also been waitlisted by their first-choice college. It seems as though the frustration around waitlisting students has been growing each year.

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How to Pick the Right College

Ivy College Essay

How to Pick the Right College Choosing the right college is one of the most significant decisions in a young adult’s life. The right choice can set the foundation for future success and personal growth, while the wrong one can lead to unnecessary struggles and dissatisfaction. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to pick a college that aligns with your goals, interests, and needs. 1.

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Schools with Strong Programs in History

Top Tier Admissions

In The Case for Humanities Majors , we advocated for the value of the history degree—not only for the admissions boost it provides high schoolers who show a developed interest in history, but also for career and graduate school preparation, long-term earning potential, and overall quality of life. In his report for the American Historical Association, Why Study History?

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I Don’t Buy Into the Forbes Definition of a Public Ivy

Educated Quest

Forbes magazine recently came out with a list of schools that were considered to be a Public Ivy. The story also covered private institutions that were considered to be ‘New Ivies’. However, since I have written about my own definition of a Public Ivy before, I’ll stick to the public colleges for this story. Forbes used these criteria to rank their schools: High standardized test scores-as supplied by at least half of all 2022 applicants.