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The College Admissions Game : NPR

The frenzy surrounding college admissions, especially at a small group of highly selective colleges, is intense and, according to some college deans, out of control. In a seven-part series, NPR explores the alternatives. Check out our extra tips and repor

Last Build Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 13:34:00 -0500

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Paving a Path for Poor Students' College Dreams

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 13:34:00 -0500

Money, 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.

Opting Out of College for a Blue-Collar Life

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 00:39:00 -0500

More 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.

Community College Only Path to Higher Ed for Many

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:41:00 -0500

Community 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.

Students Uncertain About Historically Black Schools

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:22:00 -0500

The 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.

Quirky Essays a Window to Future Success?

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:54:00 -0500

Tufts 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.

Navigating College Admissions: A Series Overview

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:13:00 -0500

Getting 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.

Some Top Students Look for Hidden-Gem Colleges

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:40:00 -0500

It'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.

Colleges Want to Cool Admissions Frenzy

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:15:00 -0500

College 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.

How To Choose A College That's Right For You

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 17:50:00 -0500

The 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.

Should You Take the SAT or the ACT?

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:11:00 -0500

Some 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.

SATs Not for Everyone, But Reality for Most

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 11:11:00 -0500

A 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.

Seven Things You Need to Know About Early Action

Sun, 18 Feb 2007 13:53:00 -0500

Harvard 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.

How to Earn a Degree Without Going Broke

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 15:24:00 -0400

Okay, 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.