• By Frank Bruni
  • The New York Times

Rethinking College Admissions

Over recent years there’s been a steady escalation of concern about the admissions process at the most revered, selective American colleges. And little by little, those colleges have made tweaks. But I get the thrilling sense that something bigger is about to give.

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  • By Valerie Strauss
  • The Washington Post

How college admissions has turned into something akin to ‘The Hunger Games’

Anyone remotely involved in the college admissions process in the past few decades knows it has become, for too many students, high stakes and very, very high anxiety. In this piece, a college admissions counselor looks at the reality and makes a call for a new approach.

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  • By Judy Mandell
  • The Washington Post

What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

Watching your kid sweat over college applications? Wondering which college is the best fit for your child and how to help them make that happen? We asked dozens of admissions officers to reveal the truth about admissions today. Here is what some of them told us.

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  • By Valerie Strauss
  • The Washington Post

‘Am I good enough?’ and other fears that paralyze college applicants

Applying to college is scary. Young people carry into the process all kinds of fears that can paralyze them, making it difficult to make good decisions and following through. In this post, Brennan Barnard looks at why it is so difficult applying to college and suggests how young people can get beyond their fears.

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  • By Vicki Abeles
  • The New York Times

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

STUART SLAVIN, a pediatrician and professor at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, knows something about the impact of stress. After uncovering alarming rates of anxiety and depression among his medical students, Dr. Slavin and his colleagues remade the program: implementing pass/fail grading in introductory classes, instituting a half-day off every other week, and creating small learning groups to strengthen connections among students. Over the course of six years, the students’ rates of depression and anxiety dropped considerably.

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  • By Valerie Strauss
  • The Washington Post

A college admissions dean learns something new as his son starts looking at schools

Ken Anselment is dean of admissions and financial aid at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Now his son is a high school junior and the college search is on, giving him a different admissions experience. Anselment says he is learning something new about college admissions, specifically about the come-ons from companies to families promising to help them through the admissions process — for a fee. In this post, he warns families and high school students about them.

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