Having gone through the college admission process two times now, I can say I have learned a few things. This article has so much good advice, I wish I had read it a little earlier. Tufts, Tulane and now Oklahoma State University notwithstanding, most colleges are not yet on board with the super creative admission materials (a la Legally Blond) but we are headed that way. I predict the college admission process will be completely transformed in less than a decade.
The financial aid section is especially useful. A friend of mine gave me the best advice ever: “Whatever they offer, go back and ask for more. There is a little black box under someone’s desk and it’s full of money for your kid. If the financial aid counselor tells you there is no such box, ask that person to look again.” Using this strategy, my oldest went from $0 to full ride. It doesn’t always go that way but like Winston Churchill famously intoned, “Never, never, never, never give up.”