College Admissions News—the Numbers Edition

Don’t worry, this post is all simple math.

By Anne Vaccaro Brady

Whether your teen is off to college or figuring out how to get there, these articles and posts will help you help them. Read on.

smartphone2Get your kid organized for college in a language he’ll understand  Today that means in an app for his smartphone. Julie Craven covers “7 Free Apps that Increase Student Productivity” at USA Today College.

Paring down the college list to a reasonable number Also at USA Today College, Jon Fortenbury presents practical advice for deciding how many colleges to apply to.  I especially like his list of key considerations to help make the final cuts.

Is the campus student health-insurance plan the better option? Most colleges require students to have health insurance coverage by the time classes start and usually offer their own plans. For the Wall Street Journal, Karen Blumenthal explains how to determine if your family’s plan or the college’s is the better choice.

Affordable test prep You know your student can’t take the ACT or SAT without weeks or months of preparation, but options exist beyond the super expensive course or private tutor. DeAnna Rivera explains test prep options for every budget in her post on U.S. News & World Report’s Education blog.

Adding up test scores, GPA and other factors in the college admissions process At USA Today College, Jon Fortenbury writes about which parts of the college application are the most critical in the admissions decision.


For the hopeful college athlete On Susie Watts explains the “9 Things You Need to Help Your High School Student-Athlete with College.”

One more reason for kids to take high school seriously Philip Elliott’s article for the Associated Press, “ACT: Third of High School Graduates not College Ready,” reveals some sobering numbers. This is why parents must be involved in their child’s education from kindergarten through high school.

Lowering college costs Tamar Lewin of the New York Times writes about President Obama’s new plan to make college more affordable.

Share articles or posts you’ve found helpful in the comments section below. 

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2 Responses to College Admissions News—the Numbers Edition

  1. Anne, I just read Jon Fortenbury’s article you linked to regarding the number of colleges kids should consider applying to and found it very timely with my rising senior daughter. Thanks!

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