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Schoolbook

How to Choose the Right College

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's deadline time for students accepted to college for the fall. A high school senior and a college advisor share their views on choosing the right school.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Malcolm Gladwell, Libertarian Take on Rand Paul, Google HR

Friday, April 10, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Malcolm Gladwell (First) | The Libertarian Take on Rand Paul (Starts at 23:26) | Google's HR (Starts at 57:18)
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The Takeaway

How College Applicants Deal With Rejection

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rejection hurts, but will it define you?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Misguided Fear of The Thin Envelope

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

College admissions has become a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, and many young people believe that their futures will be determined by which colleges admit them.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: For Students of Color, Is Fitting In as Important as Getting In?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

WNYC and the Jackie Robinson Foundation hosted an interactive conversation live in The Greene Space about race, higher education and the challenges student of color face on campus today.

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The Takeaway

How to Close the College Graduation Gap

Monday, December 01, 2014

While most universities tout their diversity along with their campus facilities, the truth is that race and class gaps remain a factor in who gets to graduate. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Searching For the Right School Just Got Easier

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Beth Fertig discusses the new Schoolbook search tool that aims to make the college hunt easier for students and their parents.

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Schoolbook

Opinion: Five Ways to Keep Struggling Students in College

Friday, May 23, 2014

Only about 10 percent of low-income students admitted to college actually graduate. Two educators outline solutions to the crisis.

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Schoolbook

These High School Seniors Have Sights Set on College

Thursday, May 01, 2014

With their college decisions made, a group of high school seniors talked about their selection process and their eagerness to move on. "Honestly, after four years of high school I just want to get out," said one student.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Getting Into College: Accepted

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jacques Steinberg, senior vice president with Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization, and author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, offers insight and advice for H.S. seniors and their parents facing the May 1 deadline to commit to a college choice -- including what factors to weigh in the decision, navigating financial aid and whether "double depositing" is fair play.

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Schoolbook

It's Decision Time for Prospective College Freshmen (and Their Parents)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It can be an emotionally fraught time, as families gather around kitchen tables to try to determine which institution offers the prospect of serving as the best academic, personal, and financial “fit.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SAT vs. GPA

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some critics of the SAT argue that GPA is a better predictor of a student's success in college than a standardized test. After last week's news about changes to the SAT (and as families get their high school acceptance notices this week), Eric Hoover, senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, explains how students from different high schools are evaluated, and how much the SAT really matters anyway.

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The Takeaway

Is the SAT Still the Right Metric to Test Student Aptitude?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

On Wednesday, College Board President David Coleman announced that SAT is getting re-calibrated. Its vocabulary words will be less arcane and more in alignment with what students encounter in college courses. The 9-year-old essay section will become optional, and will be scored separately.  The math questions will focus now focus on linear equations, functions, ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning.  There are other changes, too.  Julia Ryan, writes for and produces The Atlantic's Education Channel.  She's been following the changes to the SAT and weighs in on whether the SAT is still a good metric to test student aptitude. 

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Schoolbook

Five Tips for Completing Last-Minute College Applications

Friday, December 13, 2013

With the Jan. 1 application deadline at many four-year colleges and universities just a few weeks away, here's some helpful guidance for you last-minute filers. For starters, don't panic.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Early Decision

Monday, October 07, 2013

With the early decision college application deadline approaching, Jacques Steinberg, author of The Gatekeepers (Penguin Books, 2003), and VP of sayyestoeducation.org, offers advice for getting that acceptance letter.

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Schoolbook

New Common Application is Out

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The new common application for U.S. colleges and universities was released Thursday, updated to encourage a broader diversity of students to apply to college.

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Schoolbook

From Harlem to Maine: One High School Senior Finds Her Way

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Hear the story of Mariely Garcia, a high school senior who is leaving the city this fall to attend a small private college in Maine, all expenses paid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: First to College

Friday, March 29, 2013

As high school seniors are figuring out if and where they're going to college, we want to hear from people who are the first in their families to go to college. Are you a high school senior who will be the first in your family? Or were you the first in your family--and do you have advice for others who will be the first? Call us. 212-433-WNYC. 

Joining us to field calls and offer advice is Kristen Harris, director of College Guidance at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering and the chairman of The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY).

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The Brian Lehrer Show

ABCs of SAT and ACT

Monday, March 25, 2013

John Katzman, educational entrepreneur and founder of The Princeton Review, answers questions about standardized college admission exams and offers advice on preparing for the tests.  Katzman's new educational tech start-up is Noodle.

Do you have a question about preparing to take the SAT or ACT exams?  Call 212-433-WNYC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Topical College Essays

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below. Plus, Don Fraser, Director of Education and Training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the interruption. 

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