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The News Telegram (.com) has an article about some schools dropping the SAT.

There’s no real indication in the article if this is a national trend, or simply something that a few school are trying out. One thing is for certain however, it’s good news for those who “don’t test well”.

As someone who did test well (back in the day), I would have been pretty unhappy to see the standardized test go. Consider that with the standardized test out of the admissions picture, it makes all of those other factors (grades, extracurriculars, recommendations, etc.) all the more important. I’d rather take the 3 hours SAT sweat-fest thank you.

What Does 50k/year buy you

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An Ivy League education will run you in the neighborhood of 50k per year, but what does it buy you? Could it possibly be worth it?

This Yahoo Finance/SmartMoney article from back in April gives us rundown of the Ivy League school and the cuts they’re undertaking as a result of the currently sucky economy.

In case you forgot, Ivy League Schools include:

  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Harvard
  • Penn
  • Princeton
  • Yale

So fooling around on the web today I found a search engine for Colleges and Universities called Campus Explorer.

This tools seems like a pretty decent first order filter for getting in the ballpark for schools.

This search engine lets you search for schools by type of school (2 year, 4 year, public, private, vocational), location, by major. And once you pull up a list you can filter by whatever criteria you wish. You can also create a profile if you want to save your preferences and your search results.

I liked the “calculate your chance of admission” widget as well.

Once you’ve selected a particular school this site provides a lot of general specific information about the school. Tuition, admission information, geographic area, a few pictures. Like I said, a good first order filter for getting an idea of which schools one might like to look at. And of course each entry has a direct link to the school’s website.

A link to Campus Explorer can be found here.

U.S. News and World Reports recently ranked schools by economic diversity.

An article about it can be found here.

If you want to cut out the middleman, here a link straight to the numbers.

Did you know that your college entrance essay can be too good?

Well me either, but I saw this article on awhile back and wanted to share it once I got the site up and running.

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