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50-50 Highlights: Colleges With the Most Visual and Performing Arts Majors

dancers representing visual and performaing arts majorsAre there any good 50-50 schools for students majoring in the Visual and Performing Arts? Unfortunately, I can’t say since I don’t really know much about what defines a quality music program or which schools have the best reputation in theater or dance. Just from the little I’ve read, I suspect that the category is too broad to be meaningful to students seriously interested in one of the art disciplines. + Read More

Should you tell coaches about an injury during the recruiting process?

examining injured leg representing if you should tell a coach about an injuryJust asking this question suggests that it’s possible to hide the injury from the college coaches. I suppose it’s possible if it occurs off-season and the player isn’t actually on crutches or doesn’t have an arm in a sling. But how many sports today actually have an off-season? Even those players being recruited in sports that do have a limited season such as football are likely to be playing other sports. Don’t you think the recruiting coach might wonder why the player is sitting out his secondary sport? + Read More

What Athletes Need to Know Before Starting the College Recruiting Process

Woman tying shoe representing what you need to know to start the college recruiting processThis is a basic introduction to the college recruiting landscape. I’m sure there will be many who will read this and think, “you’ve got to be kidding-how could you not know this?” Yet, you would be surprised at how many families don’t know that D3 schools don’t offer athletic scholarships or that some rules will depend on the college’s conference. Consider this a review of the basic terms that you need to know to even start the college recruiting process.
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141 Hardest Colleges to Get Into

College campus representing hardest colleges to get intoThere are over 400 schools on the 50-50 college list. These are colleges that accept at least 50% of students and have at least a 50% graduation rate. Given that the idea was to provide families with accessible alternatives to just the usual suspects that show up in the rankings, I think 400 is a remarkably useful base to start with. However, there’s always going to be the thought in the back of your mind of what you’re missing by using the list. So I thought I would provide some insight to the colleges not on the list. + Read More

10 Things Parents Do That Increase College Student Debt

Parents with college grad representing how parents can help avoid student debtWe have all heard the horror stories of college graduates with staggering debt and little hope of repaying it before retiring. The obvious cause of the problem is the seemingly ever-increasing cost of college. But here’s the thing. When you read the stories about graduates struggling with student loans after graduation, you’ll almost always see that they had alternatives to the large student loans they ended up with. With the high cost of college, more than ever teens need their parents to provide financial guidance when applying to college. Unfortunately, rather than supplying a financial reality check, too many parents make the situation worse by doing the following: + Read More

Most expensive colleges for high income families–and some alternatives to consider

dog with calculator trying to figure most expensive colleges for high incomesIt may be too late for parents of high school sophomores and juniors to dramatically increase their savings for colleges but it’s not too late to pay significantly less to send their kids to college. The reason is that  few people pay the actual sticker price for college. However, parents with little to no financial need can find themselves coming close to paying the full price depending on the college. + Read More

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