How Genuine is Community Service for College Applicants?

College July 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

An article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Do Good Zeal of College Applicants,” talks about (exotic) community service to burnish college application resumes.  The author raises a good point–will colleges see your student’s efforts as genuine and worthwhile activities or will they discount them as expensive, thinly veiled vacations:Read More

Choosing a College

College, Policy, Research, & Analysis March 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

In today’s competitive college application environment, many students and parents are tempted to choose prospective schools based solely on rank or name recognition.  For others, tuition costs are the most important concern.  While each of these factors is important, it is also critical to thoroughly evaluate a school to makeRead More

Rice Tuition Increases 5.4% for 2011

College March 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

Rice has announced that its tuition for undergraduates matriculating in fall of 2011 will increase by 5.4% over 2010 to $34,900.  Including room, board, and fees, the annual cost of a Rice education will be $47,821.  Although this figure seems high, it is generally several thousands dollars less than comparableRead More

Organizing College Applications

College, Recommendations March 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Applying to colleges in today’s competitive environment can be an overwhelming process. With the huge volume of paper mailings, test dates and scores, e-mail information, and online and offline application materials to contend with, many students find themselves spending as much time sorting through a box full of papers asRead More