The Dark Underside of Community Service in the Quest for College Admission

Is community service in a developing country a good idea for improving your college application? Is it a good idea for the poor people the teens may serve? The answer may be “No” to both questions.

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 […]

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

A reader recently wrote in to ask my opinion about dual enrollment courses, and to compare them to the Advanced Placement (or AP) options at her sons’ school.  The question came on a post I wrote analyzing the worth of AP courses. First, a brief word of explanation about “dual enrollment,” or what some know […]

Higher GPA or Harder Courses?

Should I take easy courses to get a high GPA, or take harder courses and risk watching my average tumble? Answer: take a risk. Admissions officers will reward you.