An Inflation of Stress

by Ellen Kirkness ‘12 Most seniors who aspire to attend college have long since submitted five or six or fifteen applications to schools all over the nation. For most of these students, College Board is visited more often than Facebook and College Prowler has way more hits than Twitter. Checking how we stack up with scores from the schools we … Read More

Obama To Lower Tuition Costs for College

Daniel Frank ‘12 President Obama has put forth his plan to increase federal grants for universities and low-interest loans for students. The plan, Obama says, will reduce the cost of universities and increase the availability of higher education in the United States. The changes would include increasing the federal investment in the Perkins loan program from $1 billion to $8 … Read More

On the road to college success…Exploring College Options

by Rebecca Stussman ‘12 The end of the school year marks a time of great freedom and relief. Summer break provides students with a well-deserved opportunity to relax and have fun without the threat of looming deadlines or disheartening grades. Yet amidst this season of refreshment, many students, especially rising seniors, choose to increase their academic experience and enroll in … Read More

On the road to college success…Juniors Begin Search for College

by Holly Cuozzo ‘12 As students of the Class of 2012 begin to search for and apply to colleges, stress begins to bombard them. As underclassmen, college seemed like such an unreal thing, but all of the sudden it is the fast-approaching reality that can no longer be pushed to the side. Some juniors have yet to begin to search … Read More

AP Credits Transfer with Ease, Provide Flexibility

In 1952, a rudimentary version of the Advanced Placement (AP) program was introduced, offering accelerated instruction in 11 areas at three different prep schools. The mission of the program, created by way of a grant from the Ford Foundation, was to allow high school students to complete college level coursework and, upon the completion of a standardized examination, receive college-credit. The program, in the hands of the College Board since 1955, now presents students with 30 different courses to choose from and students from across the country participate. In 2008, for example, more than 345,000 students took the AP U.S. History exam, which was the most popular.

Turning to the Military for College Education

Even though I want to serve my country, I also looked at the quality of education I would be getting through the military. US News & World Report ranks all the Service Academies as Tier 1 Liberal Arts schools, as they all have such a broad and extensive core curriculum despite the emphasis on engineering. Additionally, some of the best public and private universities in the country offer ROTC programs (such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University).