Beware the Deadline Zombie… Reply

Jack o' LanternHappy Halloween to all of our readers out there, whether they’re spending the day dressed as ghosts and goblins or haggard applicants and stressed-out parents!

With spooky things lurking everywhere today, I’m writing a short post to warn you about one of the scariest things that I personally know of: the deadline zombie (cue “dun dun dun” along with a crash of thunder and some lightning). These creatures, which most often struggle to life the day after major college application deadlines, are exhausted shells of the people they usually are, having spent the vast majority of the previous day and night hunched in front of a computer desperately trying to finish and submit applications in advance of an impending due-date. More…

MOOCs and the Issues of Education Reply

ComputersSalon has an article up, aggregating information from a number of different news sources, about MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and their role in education moving forward. It’s a pretty divisive article that suggests that most of the effort in playing up MOOCs is coming from the profit-motivated desires of certain companies, like Coursera and Udacity.

For most people out there, what’s really important is whether or not MOOCs are useful. Do they serve students well? Do they solve the problems that students are likely to face? More…

Your Take: 2013-2014 College Applications Reply

PollHey everyone! Each week here on the Peterson’s Newswire, we’ll be featuring one post that simply asks a relevant question or two about some aspect of applications, financial aid, or related subjects. We want your input and for you to be able to see how other applicants answer as well. The more participation we can get, the more interesting and insightful these polls will be – so be sure to share with your friends and colleagues!

This week, we have two basic questions about college applications for this cycle. Let us know your answers below and check back later to see how you compare to the rest of our readers.

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What’s Your Word? Reply

application4I’m a writer. Given that you’re reading this, you probably already figured that out. Maybe I should’ve planned the introduction to this post a little more carefully… oh well, going with it at this point. Onwards!

Why am I emphasizing the obvious fact that I’m a writer? Because today I want to talk about something related to writing, especially for those authoring admissions essays, personal statements, statements of purpose, or any other piece of written work that will be submitted as part of your college, graduate, or professional application. More…

College, Careers, and Choosing Your Path Reply

online1We’ve seen several articles over the past weeks focusing on college choices as they relate to career success, including which majors lead to the highest and lowest incomes after graduation and whether or not the country’s oft-discussed shortage of STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Math) majors is actually an issue. My colleague, Brendan Conway, examined both of those topics on this very blog last week – be sure to check out his insightful work here and here. More…

Monday Link Roundup for Week of 10/28/13 Reply

P copyIt’s Monday and you know what that means: only 5 more days until the weekend! It’s also Halloween week, so hopefully most of you have some fun stuff planned involving costumes, scary movies, fun with friends/family, and most importantly of all, epic quantities of candy that would give a dentist nightmares for years. More…

College Costs: Aim High, Pay Low Reply

aid1If you’ve been paying attention to the news for the past day or so, you may have seen reports with headlines like, “College Costs Slow Down,” “Are Soaring College Costs Finally Leveling Off?” and “Annual Rise in Cost of Public College Slows.” All of these articles focus on a new report from the College Board showing that on average, tuition and fees at four-year public schools rose just a hair under 3% this year, the smallest increase in roughly four decades. Obviously that’s good news for students, applicants, and parents everywhere. More…

The Most and Least Lucrative Majors, based on Research from Georgetown Reply

MoneyNPR reports on research from Georgetown University, presenting information the most and least lucrative majors in two convenient graphs. It’s useful information and it’s worth taking a look, but I’m specifically going to put the link at the end of the article, because I want to draw your attention to a few things first. More…

The Common App, College Applications, and Preparing for Unforeseen Obstacles Reply

So the Common App and its technological challenges are still in the news this week. After reading a ton of articles on the topic, I realized many of them focused on how horrible this has been for applicants and how much stress it has added to an already stressful process. This got me thinking: are there things applicants can do to avoid or at least minimize stress when problems come up while completing college applications? After discussing with some colleagues and jotting down some notes, I realized that the answer is definitively yes – and the advice on how to do so is surprisingly simple. Read on for my take on how to avoid or at least effectively deal with surprise road blocks during the college application process! More…

Monday Link Roundup for Week of 10/21/13 Reply

P copyWelcome to the first of what will be an ongoing weekly feature here at the Peterson’s Newswire: our Monday Link Roundup. Every week we’ll start you off by sorting through the college admissions news from the previous week, picking out the most interesting and relevant articles, and putting them all together here for your reading convenience. Given the massive amount of news on this topic, we want this to be an easy way for you to stay up-to-date on recent trends without having to spend hours slogging through Google searches or RSS feeds. More…