Congress and the President (and maybe even the Vice President!) missed going over the fiscal cliff in January, however, they really only delayed the disaster. Sequestration was only suspended for two months. If further agreements aren't made educational funding could see an automatic 8% reduction. That could mean a $400 reduction in the Pell Grant for students, loss of Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants for students, and increases in student loan rates.
Added by Chris Boehm on January 9, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments
In my admission and financial aid presentations I always recommend that students seek out the admission professional responsible for reviewing their application, get their business card, and follow-up with a personal note. Hand Written Notes was an entry I penned a few years ago. In an age of cryptic emails, texts, and tweets; the hand written note has value.
I’d like to take this entry and step…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on September 12, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Had the pleasure of attending an open house and breakfast at a high school on Wednesday in land of mansions, Porsches, and Ferraris. And yes, I saw all of those! Harriton High School is one of two high schools in the Lower Merion school district. Its mailing address is Rosemont, but it might as well list, “Main Line”. The visit left me excited and impressed by all that Harriton offers…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on May 4, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments
More people need to purrsue and complete their college education if the US economy is to keep up! The Lumina Foundation predicts:
Added by Chris Boehm on March 28, 2012 at 10:17am — No Comments
Almost every student and family inquires about internships through the application and search process. When it comes down to applying and choosing one I’m concerned that many times students choose convenience over rewards. In my opinion this is one of the worst decisions that a student could make. Those students that keep their internship searches open and unlimited will get the best opportunities. And the best opportunities either lead to employment or a resume builder that will lead to…Continue
There's nothing as quiet as a college campus the day a break begins. Our campus goes from being alive and vibrant with students everywhere, to so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Today, however, for Albright employees it is another work day until 3 pm. So we get to observe the quiet (can you observe quiet?).
Prior to holiday breaks the admission office attempts to get as many letters out as possible. So the last three days has been very busy in the office. We've been…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on November 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Added by Chris Boehm on September 26, 2011 at 3:37pm — No Comments
I was fortunate enough to be a guest at an end of summer workshop at Jenkintown high school working with some wonderfully well prepared students. We completed a group discussion on the college essay and college search and application process and then I met with about a dozen students individually about their searches. My conclusion, “you’re in pretty good shape for the shape you…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on September 13, 2011 at 12:11am — No Comments
Read a terrific article in the NY Times last month entitled, "The Master's as the New Bachelors". Your education is never over! We must all realize that if we aren't working to improve ourself or advance our standing, someone else will pass us by. Too many students graduate from somewhere, high school or undergraduate school feeling they have crossed the finish…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on August 11, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments
All medical school students take the MCAT prior to applying to medical school. It is similar to the SAT/ACTs for undergraduate students, except it usually carries more weight than those tests do in the admission process. I came across this article a few weeks ago and it made me smile: Revamping MCAT and Pre-Med…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on May 31, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments
Earlier this week cars lined up around the residence halls packing instead of unpacking their rooms. It is the exact opposite of the euphoria of move in day. The rainy and overcast weather with continual ominous skies is a fitting backdrop for some of my least favorite days on campus. Albright feels like the shell of itself when the students back up and leave for the summer.
Campus will certainly come back to life during Sunday’s graduation. And it is only 97 days until MOVE-IN…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on May 19, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments
May 1 is ‘the day’ in college admission. Almost all colleges and universities know it as the candidate reply date, the deadline for students to decide where they are enrolling. Many students make their decisions well before the deadline; however, for hundreds-of-thousands of students the week leading up to May 1 is one of stress, indecision, and anxiety. It is no different for those working in college admission. Offices anxiously await the daily mail to see how many deposits were…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on May 13, 2011 at 10:59am — No Comments
College campuses just come alive when the weather begins to improve in the spring. I took two walks around campus today just to reintroduce myself to campus. On my second soiree (even though it wasn't during the evening) through campus I came upon a professor teaching class at the Center for the Arts (CFA) outside area. One of my favorite Albright traditions. Had to snap a photo!…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on April 26, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Except when used incorrectly. Our Information Technology staff has a saying when someone makes a mistake when using technology and technology isn't to blame. The call it a PICNIC - Problem in Chair, Not in Computer. Every year stories come out of colleges and universities accidently offering admission to students through mistakes. Here are a few"
Added by Chris Boehm on March 21, 2011 at 12:34pm — No Comments
The FAFSAs are in and if you applied to a rolling admission, EA, or ED school you are probably receiving financial aid awards. For many families the information in the award letters will make or break where a student enrolls. Not all awards are presented the same and sometimes the information provided can be down right confusing. This article is nice and provides very basic things to look and account for when reviewing your award.
Added by Chris Boehm on March 4, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments
The past month has been consumed with non-stop application reading. The hundreds and hundreds of recommendations differ slightly, but are generally template oriented and say very much the same thing. It’s the essays that really tell a student’s story. And this year, more than in past years,…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on December 22, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Kelly, who was profiled in the second edition of Faces, is teaching English in South Korea. She posted this on Facebook today:…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on November 30, 2010 at 9:58am — No Comments
You probably never wonder what mail is like on a Monday in a college admission office. Well, I'll show you anyway. I think it is payback for all the mail that colleges send to the students.
Maybe your update is in here!
Added by Chris Boehm on November 15, 2010 at 5:04pm — No Comments
My wife spends mornings struggling to get my seven-year-old daughter dressed (trust me I’ll get to the point quick). After a while my wife asks me if I feel she is enabling the problem by helping our daughter every morning instead of requiring her to do such things for herself. My response, “Of course! And you’ll probably be the mom that fills out your daughter’s college applications and calls…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on October 22, 2010 at 9:14pm — No Comments
One of our past employees texted me last week with a very quick, but valuable message. He wrote, "Never underestimate the response a hand-written note gets". He went on to tell me that at his new job he had spent an extensive amount of time writing out notes of thank you and follow-up and he was receiving a lot of responses from those notes.
Whether applying for college or a job, networking, or simply sending a thank you note because of kindness a hand written note gets…Continue
Added by Chris Boehm on September 22, 2010 at 9:54pm — No Comments