Fall 2012 UC Admissions More Competitive for Freshmen

The University of California released their admissions numbers for Fall 2012 Freshmen last week.   The uncertainty in the state budget and record number of applications  or Fall 2012 Freshmen admissions created additional competition and subjectivity in the admissions process.   UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi, recently stated: UC Davis refused [Fall 2012] admissions to 1500 or more students with a 4.0…

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More on Financial Aid & College Affordability

Here’s a few tips when choosing colleges for application and enrollment, and simultaneously determining how your family will afford the costs: Calculate all 4 or 5 years of costs when determining the affordability of college, not just the first year. College costs during a student’s senior year in college are likely to be at least one-fifth higher than during the…

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Financial Aid: There is No Free Lunch

There is no-magic-bullet-one-time-conversation-painless-and-costless solution to paying for college.  Increasing the amount of financial aid–either need based or merit based–are multiple year efforts that extend through a student’s entire college career.  Basically, there is no free lunch. Moving equity from one’s home to a life insurance policy or rolling all savings into retirement accounts are strategies may have greater costs to…

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GUEST POST: A Mom’s Perspective on College Admissions Consultants

By Anne Ross, Ross Family CEO and Co-Entrepreneur Anne and her family first consulted Creative Marbles Consultancy in her daughter’s junior year. She graciously agreed to submit a guest post to share her insights to the college admissions process from a parent’s view. I was asked to give a parent’s perspective and first thought, “Wow, that is a tall order,”…

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Considering Universities as Idea Makers to Select Colleges

Research and exploring ideas aren’t usually at the top priority of a student or their parents in choosing a college.   “Getting a good job” or “moving away from home” are more common criteria for choosing colleges.  However, universities are incubators for new knowledge.  (Think: Google, which emerged from graduate work at Stanford )  Knowing the opportunities for students to participate…

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Parents and Academic Success

Parents often ask what they can do to support their children’s education.  Elementary school parents can feel confident to assist with homework assignments and welcome to volunteer in the classroom.  Yet, as students mature, mom and dad’s presence on campus at middle school and high school can be an embarrassment to teens, while mom and dad wonder, “How many more…

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Grade Inflation is present and its effects may be more damaging then you think

The Economist this past week spoke of the notion of panflation, or better said the inflation of everything. “This ‘panflation’ needs to be recognized for the plague it has become.” I couldn’t agree more. What caught my eye in the article was the authors discussion of grade inflation.  Grades have always been a tricky topic for me ever since I…

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