New Colleges & Universities – Common Application

The Common Application announced that 39 new colleges and universities will be added for the 2013-14 application season, bringing the total number of institutions accepting the association’s standardized online application to 527, which will now include:

47 states plus DC (1 new: Hawaii)
16 international members (5 new)
7 countries outside the US (1 new: Austria)
17 public flagships (3 new)
81 public institutions (15 new)
7 HBCUs

Read the announcement here.

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February Checklist for Seniors

And now…you wait. Here is the lowdown on what you can be doing in the meantime:

-Financial Aid Forms
-Research Scholarships
-Stay in touch with admissions contacts
-Keep a positive attitude and forward thinking perspective
-Thank those who have supported you along the way

Read more from The Choice article by Meghan Ryan.

College Courses – No Classroom Required

MOOC’s. Continuing to gain popularity at the high school level. If you have not done so already, check out what they are all about.

Top MOOC providers include Coursera, Udacity and edX. Coursera is a for-profit with Stanford roots; 33 university partners, including many Ivys, Duke, California Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Berklee College of Music. Udacity is a for-profit with Stanford roots but no university affiliation. edX is a nonprofit run out of M.I.T. and Harvard; with the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas system.

Learn more about MOOC’s here.