Samford’s New Program for High Achievers

Some universities, like Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, are not very selective. However, every university likes to attract top-notch students to fill its classrooms. Samford has implemented a new program for high achieving students, whereby it is offering more rigorous courses for students who are eligible for them upon admission. The idea is to boost the curriculum up a notch for these students who need a challenge.

Debt Free U–Investing in College and Choosing a Major

Zac Bissonnette continues his guest post on our blog by talking about the dangers of thinking of college of an “investment,” and on the perceived perils of choosing the right major.

College Counselor to Speak In Hong Kong About US University Admission

American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Presents Mark A. Montgomery, PhD Independent College Consultant Lunch and Learn Presentation: Choosing the Right College in the US: Strategies for Success February 3, 2010 (Wednesday) 12:00 to 2:00 pm AmCham Office Conference Room 1904 Bank of America Tower 12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong Most conversations about […]

A Visit to Stanford

Today I spent a couple of hours at Stanford University.  It was my first visit to the campus, and I was part of an organized tour for college counselors.  We were given a brief professional overview of the admissions process, and then we went on a student-led tour. Here’s a brief overview of what I […]

Keeping Perspective on Selective College Admissions

Theresa, a dear friend whom I haven’t seen in ages, called me the other day.  We talked for a long time.  Her son is a sophomore in high school.  As his doting mother, Theresa is in a lather about his prospects for college admission. As we hadn’t spoken in quite a while, Theresa asked me […]

How Competitive is College Admissions? Enough to Tempt Parents to Behave Badly

The Chicago Tribune ran a story on Monday about the lengths to which some parents will go to get their darlings into college.  The whole process of selecting and applying to college is certainly stresseful.  And there is no doubt that the competition is fierce. It’s also true that in some school communities, the competition […]