What Courses Should a High School Senior Take?

When making up their class schedule for senior year, juniors are often tempted to decrease their load. Not a good idea.

Choosing a High School or School District To Boost College Admission Chances

Should you move to a different town or state to give your kids a better chance at a selective university? Maybe yes, but probably no.

The Value of Dual Enrollment Courses–A Student at William and Mary Chimes In

Want to prepare for college AND save money? Consider dual enrollment courses at your local community college

Fundamental Misconceptions About AP Courses

Patrick Mattimore, a former Advanced Placement (AP) teacher and now a Fellow at the Institute for Analytic Journalism, wrote an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which he debunks 5 Fundamental Misconceptions About AP Courses (note: registration required) Actually, it’s only four misconceptions. But nevermind. Technicality. Kind of funny, though.  Anyway… Here are […]

High GPA or Rigorous Courses? Think Academic Preparedness

As a college consultant, I continue to receive many questions about which is better: taking easier classes and getting a high GPA, or risk losing a few tenths of a point by taking rigorous classes. I’ve started asking others their opinion on this matter. When I was at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, last week, […]

AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment (or PSEO): An Analysis

IB, AP, and dual enrollment: which is better for admission to top colleges and universities in the United States. An admissions expert shares his views.

How Good are Advanced Placement (AP) Courses? Are They Worth Taking?

Several recent client questions have centered upon the value of Advanced Placement (AP) tests and their importance in the college admissions process. Conventional wisdom holds that AP courses are excellent preparation for college. They are considered to be rigorous. The general idea is that they are the equivalent of college-level, introductory survey courses. (The Advanced […]