Category Archives: universities

Perspectives on College and College Admission: Some Reading

Feeling guilty about not reading “how to get into college” books? Try these related but wider-ranging books for a break. Continue reading

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College Counselors as Advocates: A New Dynamic

Most of the time, college counselors are seen as ardent supporters of their students during the college process. Whether it’s helping create college lists, going over procedures, checking up on deadlines, or writing recommendations, we are in students’ corners as they … Continue reading

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Our Broken College Admission Process and Five Ways to Fix It

Crabby thinks it’s time to overhaul the college admission system… The complaints are as consistent as they are constant: The college admission process is too stressful, too complicated, too tipped in favor of the privileged, too subject to manipulation, too test-obsessed. … Continue reading

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Collegiate and Cultural Crossroads

For a long time the mantra has been, “Go to college if you want to improve your life prospects,” but that idea has lately come under fire, given the increasing cost of attendance and the crushing debt burden many students … Continue reading

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The Crabby Counselor Talks About the Best-Laid Plans

Trying to groom children for particular outcomes (colleges, especially) is a fool’s errand and Robert Burns knows it. Continue reading

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Crabby Counselor Talks to High School Principals

You think you’ve got problems? Don’t get me started.I know you have plenty to deal with day to day and I don’t want to rain on your parade, but when you tell me I provide a “service” and then expect … Continue reading

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Random Pleasures

Surprise! Harvard, Princeton, and Yale top the U.S. News university listings again, with Williams atop the liberal arts college list. I’ve suggested for a number of years that the perennial “winners” simply be retired and let the rest duke it … Continue reading

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