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College Parent News and Views

The more that college parents know and understand about the college experience, the less we worry and the better we will be able to help our students to succeed and thrive throughout their college career.  However, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the web.   We’d like to help you find some of the information that might be most interesting and useful to you as a college parent.

In News and Views we share recent college related news and sources we’ve found as we do our research.  We hope that this feature will help to introduce you to new ideas and to help you keep up with some of the current issues that may affect your college student – and you.

We invite you to read some of the articles suggested below – and to let us know what you think of some of the ideas included here.

Why Cornell’s President Wants Students to Put Down Their Phones and Get Some Sleep

Sleep is underrated.  Most of us just don’t get enough of it.  But the lack of sleep can be dangerous for some college students.  After reading this article, you’ll probably want to talk to your student about getting more sleep.


The Simple and Easy Guide to Financial Aid

This post is written by a college student – for college students.  It might be a great idea to share with your student to make sure she understands the overall financial aid process.


Early Decision Statistics Every Applicant Should See

This article shares some interesting information about how colleges use Early Decision to fill their incoming classes.  If your student is considering applying Early Decision, this is worth reading.


Results of Removing Standardized Test Scores from College Admissions

This article by the President of Hampshire College is an interesting explanation of why some schools are eliminating SAT/ACT test scores from their admission process.  Parents and students might consider asking colleges why they do, or don’t, require testing as part of the admission application.


Guide to College Admissions Process

This is a great resource published by NACAC – the National Association of College Admission Counselors.  What better group to give you guidance about the admission process?


The Freshman Year Experience

This isn’t an article, but it is a series of short videos made by college freshmen about all aspects of their lives.  It would be great conversation starter for parents and students to watch together.




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