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Jennifer Borenstein

College Corner: What’s the deal with wait lists?

Enrollment rate of colleges popular with Davis students Stanford: 78.9 percent Brown: 59.9 percent Claremont McKenna: 52.1 percent UC Berkeley: 37 percent Oberlin: 34.5 percent Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: 32 percent UC Davis: 23 percent Willamette: 11.6 percent Chances are some of you are high school seniors or you know high school seniors who […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: How are AP credits counted in college?

Fun facts about 2014 AP exams * There are 38 different AP exams * Overall average score of 2.89 * 4.176 million exams were taken * 2.34 million students took AP exams * 6 percent increase over previous year in number of exams * English Language & Composition AP exam is taken the most Source: […]

April 30, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: College open houses are worth attending

Upcoming open houses These schools are popular with Davis students: * April 4: UC San Diego * April 10 or 17: Willamette University * April 11: Chico State, Sonoma State, University of Arizona, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, University of San Diego * April 16-18: Cal Poly * April 18: UC Berkeley As Atticus Finch of “To Kill a Mockingbird” […]

April 02, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Is there such a thing as BOGO?

Buy one get one free for college? Yes, there is a way to “buy,” or pay tuition, at one college and get another college, or colleges, for free. Consortium colleges allow students to attend one college while taking classes and participating in activities at other colleges. It is often a way to get the best […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Have wanderlust? Go overseas for college

Many of you probably have read about the growing number of international students attaining degrees from U.S. colleges. What you may not be aware of is that there is a similar, albeit smaller, trend flowing in the opposite direction. Increasingly when I work with students to develop their college lists, we have some international schools […]

January 29, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: How does applying for financial aid work?

I hesitate to bring this up because it may be an unwelcome reminder but it is the season again … not the holiday season, the financial aid season. For students applying to college (or in college), the new year is the time to fill out most financial aid forms. So, let’s do a quick review […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Want practical work experience in school? Try a co-op program

As Thanksgiving approaches and we celebrate the hard work the Pilgrims endured, it is only fitting that we take a look at colleges that promote this same kind of can-do spirit. And, by this I mean colleges and universities that offer a co-op program. Co-op? What does this have to do with college? I’m glad […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Going the honors route

An increasingly common question I am fielding these days is whether a student should apply to an honors college or an honors program. Just what is an honors college or honors program, you ask? Well, it is not just graduating with honors or making it on the dean’s list. In a nutshell, honors colleges/programs function […]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Life in the fast lane — accelerate your college experience

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is accustomed to getting things fast. Instant messaging. Instant streaming. Instagram. So it is not surprising that some people are interested in getting a degree (or two) fast. Hence the proliferation of accelerated programs. What are accelerated programs? Basically, an accelerated program or degree is a program that enables a […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: Use summer to get organized for application season

Making a list and checking it twice… No, it is not the winter holiday gift-giving season yet. It is a summer holiday that requires a different type of list — a to-do list. From a college admissions standpoint, the summer break is the ideal time to endure a little short-term pain for some long-term gain […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College corner: The SAT gets a makeover

Finally some good news about college admissions tests! Even though standardized testing for college admission is my least favorite subject, I am happy to make it the focus of this column because I finally have some good news to share. Namely, starting in the spring of 2016, there will be a “redesigned” Scholastic Aptitude Test. […]

May 27, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

College Corner: What is the right number of APs to take?

About February every year I field the same basic question from a variety of families and students. No, not which team will win March Madness, but actually something even more mysterious … how many Advanced Placement courses should I take? Since this question requires some careful self-assessment, the answer is different for different students. What […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,
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