College Admissions

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Open Phones: Your Gap Year Advice

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Yesterday was the deadline for high school seniors to reject or accept offers from colleges. For many, those offers were not for fall semester but for winter semester. So, if you took more than just a summer between high school and college, what's your advice for these students? Did you take a gap year? What did you do and what did you learn? Comment here or call 212-433-WNYC (9692).

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The Effort to Guide Low-Income, Top Students to Elite Colleges

Friday, March 29, 2013

Here's the good news: Nationally, there are more high-achieving students from low-income families than previously thought. The bad news is that they are not applying to selective colleges at the same rates as their more affluent peers.

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Harder Climb to Higher Education

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Jason DeParle, senior writer at The New York Times and author of American Dream, and Kristen Harris, director of College Guidance at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering and chairman of The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY), talk about some of the issues first generation college students face.

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On the Brink

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Middle East is in turmoil. Hear analysis about the situations in Gaza, Egypt, Syria and throughout the region from Leila Hilal of the New America Foundation. Plus: diplomacy in China; your topical college essays; additional food assistance for Sandy victims; and the phones will be open for you to tell us what you’re buying online that you never thought you would.

The Takeaway

Paying for College

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

High school seniors across the country begin to receive their college acceptance letters this month, and many will be breathing a sigh of relief. Getting in is the hard part, right? But the process of paying for college is just as tough for many families – and it shouldn’t be an afterthought.

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The Takeaway

For Colleges, Are Remedial Classes Worth the Money?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Earlier this week in Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley said that he wants to close the “open-door” admissions policy at the City Colleges, which allows students to enroll in classes regardless of past academic performance. He says the system can’t afford to keep spending $30 million a year on remedial classes for students who aren’t prepared to handle college level work.

But for many students, remedial classes are their way into higher education, better jobs and more opportunities. 

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The Takeaway

Making the Cut in the College Admissions Game

Monday, March 22, 2010

This is the week that many high school seniors have waited for all year: College admissions offices are hustling to make their final decisions on who is in and who is out.  It is surely not an easy process. But, for many students, the admissions game isn't over when they find out if they're admitted or not — they still need to find out if they have financial aid. And this year, as colleges feel the brunt of the recession, those financial aid decisions are getting harder and harder.

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