College Admissions

The Truth About College Admission

Jan 8, 2020
Mer Chua / Flickr/cc

We talk to the authors of a new book, "The Truth About College Admission: The Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together."  As college admission professionals, they see how the college search process has turned into a grim pressure cooker, when it should offer a positive opportunity for growth and self-discovery.  They also push back on many common beliefs, such as the notion of a  "perfect" school and the value of college rankings. 

Pulling Back the Curtain on College Admissions

Mar 18, 2019

 

50 high-profile cases of college admissions fraud made public by the FBI last week have ignited a national conversation on college admission and wealth. The recent story is unique but the theme is not: wealthy parents can increase their child's likelihood of getting into elite schools through both legal, illegal and somewhat shady means. We discuss where money influences the merit-based system of college admissions and how schools act to even the playing field of economic advantage. 

Submit Your Questions About Paying For College

Jan 18, 2019
Geoff Young, Flickr

On Wednesday, January 23rd, The Exchange is looking at paying for college. As application deadlines loom and students begin to hear back from schools, what do you, as a student, parent, or educator, want to know about payment options and affordability?

We'll have the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) and a high school guidance counselor in studio for this discussion. Submit your questions below, and tune in at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. 

_

A new national study finds high school graduation requirements in New Hampshire don’t align with criteria for college admissions.

The research from the Center for American Progress finds that in many states, including New Hampshire, there’s a gap between what is required to graduate from high school and what is required to start at the local public university.

Going to College Without Going Deep Into Debt

Aug 24, 2016
romanboed / flickr/cc

As the annual trek back to campus begins, we examine the options available to cover those hefty tuition bills, including new types of loans, grants and new tools for repayment.  We discuss how families navigate the landscape of funding options and government forms.  And we take a look at whether families are having that kitchen-table conversation about the high cost of higher education earlier in the college search process.


Andrew Mason via flickr Creative Commons / https://flic.kr/p/rsSm

For Chinese students, getting into an American college is a sign of prestige - but that prestige has incentivized fraudulent essays, faked sat scores, and even cheating during Skype interviews. On today’s show, the global arms race for admissions.

Then, most beauty pageants test the mettle of contestants in categories like the evening gown and swimsuit competition, the Mrs. America pageant has a history of judging contestants a bit differently.

College Applications & Admissions: What's New

Dec 23, 2015
Flickr/CC

It’s crunch time for many High School seniors putting finishing touches on essays and collecting recommendations in hope of landing that acceptance letter come spring. Colleges, meanwhile, are preparing to sort through those materials, as they re-consider the whole process: what really matters and what doesn't.

GUESTS:

Getting In: What It Means To Be "College Ready"

May 7, 2014
unh.edu

We’re continuing our series “A Matter of Degrees” with a look at what it means to be college ready.   A common complaint is that freshmen arrive without the fundamentals of writing and math.  Meanwhile, the nation’s top tier schools are tougher than ever to get into – and students are playing an admissions game, figuring out the right mix of grades, extra-curriculars and experiences. 

GUESTS: