Articles

All columns originally published in the Minneapolis suburban Sun newspapers.

Get the Most out of Targeted Campus Tours

Making plans to visit colleges right about now? Many families, especially those with high school seniors, are doing just that. Before setting out, however, it’s a good idea to have done your homework. Taking campus tours without first determining what you’re looking for can lead...

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Not All Matching GPAs are Created Equally

Can taking Advanced Placement courses in high school improve a student’s chances for admission to certain colleges? In general, the more selective a college is, the greater weight it gives to an applicant’s having completed AP courses. Highly selective Macalester College in St. Paul, which accepts...

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Many Great Post-Secondary Options Available

As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, most graduating seniors who intend to enter college in the fall have made their choices. A large number, however, still have not. No worries. The good news is that they and their parents have plenty of...

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Academics a Driver for Athletic Scholarships

Hit the books hard and you’ll increase your odds of landing an athletic scholarship. How so? The vast majority of athletic programs sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association are considered “equivalency” sports. This allows coaches to offer partial scholarships based on a student’s athletic...

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Financial Aid is a Multi-Step Process

College acceptance letters will start arriving in the homes of high school seniors right about now. Along with the good news, many of the letters will also tell students and families what their financial aid awards will be, if any. Savvy families will consider such...

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Mailers Aplenty

Will colleges ever stop sending brochures to your house? The answer is no. At least not until your high school student graduates. Direct mail, despite all that ends up in the recycling, remains one of the most economical ways for colleges to attract prospective students....

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College Costs Continue to Rise

How long can the cost of higher education continue to rise? Carleton College will ask families of students who enroll there next fall to pay a quarter of a million dollars over four years. This includes room and board, and books and fees, as well...

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A College Tour’s Unexpected Surprise

What began as a journey to picture the collegiate future of one child shifted to serious soul searching over that of another. During MEA weekend my wife and I took our daughter Clara, a junior at Edina High School, on a college tour of the...

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