Moneyball College Admissions Rules: Use Your College Experience to Get What You Want

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At first glance, Billy Beane’s fourth Moneyball rule wouldn’t seem a good fit for the college application process: “Know exactly who you want and go after him (Never mind who they say they want to trade).”  After all, it doesn’t seem likely that many students will convince colleges to  change admission requirements or how much financial aid offered simply based on their determination to attend a specific school. Read More

Help Finding North Carolina Colleges

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50-50 Highlights: Why Not Create Your Own 50-50 List?

kids with colorsIf you have ever taken a look at my explanation of 50-50 schools, you know that they’re not actually 50-50. They’re really 49-49 with the second 49 depending on the type of school. Nonetheless, I justify calling it a 50-50 list and I’ve never had anyone complain. Read More

Moneyball College Admission Rules: Know How Much You’re Paying and Why

balance with green and blue ballsI don’t know about you, but I’m always leery when the price of a good or service I’m considering purchasing isn’t readily available. The phrase, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” starts echoing in my head. However, although most college websites don’t have their costs readily accessible, it doesn’t seem to be an issue for most people. I have to admit, I didn’t really start noticing it until I start writing this post. Read More

Help Me Find a College: Pennsylvania

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50-50 Highlights: Colleges in Big Cities

Night view of a citySee an online version of the spreadsheet I use to create the 50-50 list in the free Introduction to the DIY Spreadsheet Class.
Many high school students are attracted to the idea of attending college in an urban environment. Never mind that most probably don’t participate in the activities unique to such environments once they move in, the desire is there. Although sometimes I suspect it’s more of an “I don’t want to go to school in the sticks because I can’t find a good bar” but let’s not be cynical. Read More

Strength and Conditioning for Incoming College Freshman Student Athletes

male working outIf you read any books on college athletic recruiting, you’ll come across a section that discusses the biggest surprises to new college athletes coming from high school. I can’t think of a single one that doesn’t mention the dramatically harder strength and conditioning programs. In fact, I’m willing to bet it would come in first by a wide margin over any other freshman surprises. Read More

Moneyball College Admission Rules: A College is not a Guarantee

Dead piggy bank If you’re looking for data for your own Moneyball college admission search, check out the sample spreadsheet in the DIY College Search Spreadsheet class for free.


In Moneyball, Michael Lewis lists five rules that Billy Beane uses when shopping for baseball players just before the trading deadline. It’s important to remember that these aren’t just any players. Read More

50-50 Highlights: A+ Schools for B Students

apple with a+ on itIf you want to see everything available in the spreadsheet that I use to create the 50-50 list, check out the Introduction to the DIY Spreadsheet Class. It includes an online version of the spreadsheet with all of the variables and the Introduction is free.

When we hear college rankings, we tend to think of a listing of the “best” colleges, especially since US News College Rankings helps us along with its rankings every fall. Yet, even US News recognizes that not everyone can get into the “best” colleges and these less qualified students are just as deserving of a quality education. So it has created its A+ Schools for B Students list. Read More

Summer Reading List for College Bound Students

reading in a hammockThe following is a guest post by Scott Huntington. For those still in the looking for a college stage, check out using the DIY College Search Spreadsheet class. The introduction is free.


Before many students enter their first semester of college this year, they ask themselves a fairly common question: How should I prepare for college this summer? One of the most fun and effective ways to prepare is to read quality literature. This could be anything from brilliantly written epics, like Moby-Dick, to thought-provoking advice books, like How to Win Friends and Influence People. Read More