Last Build Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 13:34:00 -0500Copyright: Copyright 2016 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Sun, 25 Feb 2007 13:34:00 -0500Money, poor grades and preparation, and red tape in admissions and financial aid can all be barriers for first-generation college students. Programs in both high schools and colleges in Washington state try to build a bridge to college for low-income students.
Sun, 25 Feb 2007 00:39:00 -0500More high-school graduates are heading to college these days. But more college students are also dropping out. To many, the figures reflect a growing pressure for kids to follow the college track, even when they might be better suited to other options.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:41:00 -0500Community colleges enroll 46 percent of all U.S. college students, playing a key role in educating those who can't afford or get into a four-year school. Many are looking for ways to help students with complicated lives beat the odds to complete a two-year degree or more.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:22:00 -0500The number of black students applying to historically black schools is on the decline. This generation of black students likes the idea of not being in the minority at college, but doesn't necessarily feel the same allegiance to these schools.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:54:00 -0500Tufts University is trying to spot the future leaders in its vast pool of applicants by assigning optional essays on offbeat topics. Other colleges are doubtful of the experiment, but watching with interest.
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:13:00 -0500Getting into the right college is enough to send students – and their parents – into panic. But getting a great education means more than going to an Ivy League school. Read about NPR's multipart series exploring the alternatives to the college admissions game – including not going at all.
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:40:00 -0500It's a mini-trend among high school students. Some are choosing small, lesser-known schools over more prestigious colleges. They say they want to go to a college that fits who they are.
Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:15:00 -0500College presidents are trying to reduce the frenzy surrounding the admissions process through small changes. The goal is to reduce anxiety among applicants and offer more help for low-income students who want to go to selective schools.
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 17:50:00 -0500The college search doesn't have to begin and end with the Ivies and the name brand schools. Martha O'Connell, the executive director of Colleges That Change Lives, shares some advice for trying to find schools that works for you.
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:11:00 -0500Some colleges may no longer require standardized test scores, but for most high-school students, test-taking is still a reality. Ned Johnson of Prep Matters offers advice that might help you decide which test is best suited to you.
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:11:00 -0500A growing number of liberal arts colleges are making standardized tests optional for their applicants. That's good news for the SAT's critics, who have long alleged that the test underpredicts the performance of minorities. But some say the test still has a role to play in college admissions.
Sun, 18 Feb 2007 13:53:00 -0500Harvard may have scrapped early admissions, but many schools like Yale and Georgetown University opted to keep it. Here are seven things you may need to know if you plan on applying to college early.
Tue, 24 Oct 2006 15:24:00 -0400Okay, so college costs aren't rising quite as steeply as in past years. But that doesn't mean a higher education is a low-priced deal. We've got advice on how to earn a degree without going broke.