St. Mary’s College of Maryland Facing Empty Freshman Seats

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Dec 2 2013 / Comments (0)

A report from The Washington Post, sent to us by Randy McKnight, from AGM-College Advisors, explains how it is common in the U.S for some Universities to have several empty seats in the Freshman year.  Higher education costs or high school drop outs could be the cause. Please read more details in the following article focusing on St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s  case.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland joins troubling U.S. trend: Too many empty freshman seats

By Nick Anderson, Published: November 22 in the

A growing number of colleges nationwide are scrambling to fill classes, a trend analysts say is driven by a decline in the number of students graduating from high school and widespread concern among families about the price of higher education.

The admissions upheaval at schools ranging from lower-tier colleges to esteemed regional ones, including St. Mary’s College of Maryland, contrasts with the extraordinary demand for the most elite colleges and universities.

Demographics pose a major hurdle for many colleges that market primarily to high school students. The number of new high school graduates peaked in 2011, after 17 years of growth, and is not projected to reach a new high until 2024, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Analysts and educators expect that a rising share of incoming students will need major financial aid.

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Early Decision Was Not Affected By Common App Glitches

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Nov 27 2013 / Comments (0) sent us a very interesting article published on the, regarding the technical problems with the Common App and its impact in early decision or Early Action (EA). Some Universities were able to report early enough of their success despite the problems student encountered. It actually ended up being very successful based on reports that some universities already released.  Read the reports from: Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, among others, on how successful where those results in the following article:

Early returns suggest Common App glitches had little impact on numbers

November 22, 2013      by Nancy Griesemer, DC College Admissions Examiner

Early returns from Common Application member colleges suggest that software glitches might not have had too much of an impact early application numbers.

Although results are slow to come in this year, those colleges boasting of increases in early applications have been quick to report their success.

Despite a few unexpected hurdles, students anxious to benefit from perceived advantages in applying early to high profile colleges persisted in getting their Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) applications in on time. And some of the results are impressive:

Brown University: Early decision applications at Brown reached a record high of 3,086—up by two percent over last year. Applications to the Brown-RISD Dual-Degree program rose 54 percent this year.

Columbia University: 3,296 applicants applied binding early decision to Columbia for the Class of 2018—an increase of 5.4 percent over last year.

Dartmouth College: As of the November 8 deadline, Dartmouth received 1,678 early decision applications—up by 6.7 percent over last year’s pool which saw a 12.6 percent decrease in applications.

Duke University: The number of binding ED applications rose by 26 percent from last year. In 2012, Duke received 2,540 applications. This year, the number jumped to 3,191—the highest yet.

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Rejections From Virginia Universities Creates Frustration in Local Students

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Nov 26 2013 / Comments (0)

Randy McKnight, from AGM-College Advisors, LLC, has shared an Article with EduPlan, that shows  how students with a high GPA and those who have been involved in their community, are being rejected from the University of their dream. Read the story of Amanda Scarangella.

Loudoun Supervisors push to limit out-of-state students in Virginia universities

By Michael Alison Chandler, Published: November 22, 2013

The rejection letter Amanda Scarangella received last year from the University of Virginia set off a tear-soaked night for the Ashburn teen.

For Scarangella, who took seven Advanced Placement courses at Stone Bridge High School and participated in an elite girls leadership training program, the rejection letter was a shock. For her parents, who moved to Northern Virginia because of its strong public schools and access to renowned public colleges, it was frustrating.

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“The Graduates/Los Graduados”, a Film Showcasing Latino Students Dropouts

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Nov 18 2013 / Comments (0)

In a report Published by PBS Newshour, Latino dropouts testimonies have been put into perspective based on crisis through the eyes of six Latino students. Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz, showcases extraordinary children stories and used them as a metaphor based on the lives of 6 Latino  kids, from different parts of the USA. Ruiz, said, that his intention was to  “showcase the diversity of the Latino community but also create a platform for Latino youth to share their stories.”   See article below:

Latino high school students find a voice in ‘The Graduates/Los Graduados’

Earlier this year, the Pew Hispanic Center reported that the number of Hispanic youth dropping out of high school hit a record low.

Despite the decrease, issues like teen pregnancy, over-crowded schools and pressure to contribute to family finances still plague many young Latinos.

Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz’s film, “The Graduates/Los Graduados,” explores these roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six Latino students from different regions of origin, geography and socio-economic status.

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Claudine Vainrub Quoted on Yahoo Education Article Regarding Careers and Income

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Nov 15 2013 / Comments (0)

Our own Claudine Vainrub, Principal at EduPlan and college and career counselor, has been once again quoted in an online article related to education. In the article published by Yahoo Education “Seven degrees for high-income careers”, Ms. Vainrub expressed her opinion about Psychology degrees:  “Psychology majors become great assets in corporate departments such as human resources management and industrial relations, as they are ready to assess personalities and abilities, work with people, understand their concerns, and address individual situations,” says Vainrub. See article bellow:

Seven degrees for high-income careers

These seven college degrees have the potential to pay you back – and then some.

By Lia Sestric

When you head to the ice cream parlor (or your favorite fro yo place), you pick a flavor you know will make you happy right? The same rule should apply to how you select your college major.

But if happiness to you means seeing a return on that educational investment, you may want to consider a college degree’s payback potential. Yes, the decision may not be as easy (or sweet) as choosing a frozen scoop, but doing some smart research will certainly help.

“Some degree programs provide students specific skill sets that are rare and can immediately be applied to an employer,” says John Paul Engel, founder and CEO at Knowledge Capital Consulting, a management consulting firm. If you choose a degree like this, you could increase your marketability, which may be worthy of a bigger paycheck.

Fortunately, making the wrong degree choice doesn’t have to mean game over for you. And of course, there are no guarantees that a particular degree will help you land a better-paying job, but it may help put the odds in your favor.

Are you ready to learn more? Here are seven majors that could pay back.

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Best Colleges for Disney Princesses

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Nov 8 2013 / Comments (0)

Did you ever imagine having Cinderella as a study buddy? It is obvious that college admission is not  fairy tell. However, the following article published on, writer Allie Sutherland, was able to match some of our favorite Disney princesses to the colleges and universities that would make their professional dreams come true. Find out how these princesses live happily ever after, following admission to the college of their dream.

If Disney Princesses Went to College, They’d Go To…

By Allie Sutherland – October 28, 2013

Cinderella should go to Princeton and more weirdly appropriate school matches for Disney Princesses. “Happily ever after” may sound like a good ending, but since our favorite Disney princesses are only teenagers, we think the best four years of their life still await them — at college, of course! While it may be tough to imagine our favorite regal friends playing Frisbee on the quad, decorating a tiny dorm or doing the walk of shame in their ball gowns from the night before (as if!), we’ve grown up getting to know their personalities well enough that we can help them with their college searches. Read on for where we think each Disney princess should apply to college!


Disney’s token bookworm obviously has to be in a highly academic environment with ample library resources. Since Belle has a desire to experience more than her provincial life, a campus near a city is best for her. And although she can hold her own against distracting (and obnoxious) men, she definitely doesn’t want them around when she’s just trying to read.

Belle’s college match: Wellesley College

To find out more about other princesses college life such as: Pocahontas, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White, Repunzel, Tiana, Mullan, and Merida, please read the entire article at:



FAFSA Application And Its Effects In The Admissions Process

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Nov 1 2013 / Comments (0)

A report published on states that some colleges are using FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) data improperly in the admissions process. This free application, allows students to apply for financial aid and is one of the most commonly used online forms.

The usnews universitydirectory  makes reference to a  publication in the Inside Higher Ed which  states that some schools are using data submitted through the FAFSA to deny applicants places, as well as limiting the amount of financial aid they will receive.

With so many students submitting this application, you need to be aware on how this information is being used by several universities. In this application prospective students list the colleges and universities that they are applying which makes this data available to the schools they are mostly interested.

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GW Admits That Considers Student’s Financial Need in Their Admission Process

Posted by: Editor EduPlan on Oct 28 2013 / Comments (0)

George Washington University admitted publicly last week, that they place students on a waitlist each year if they can not pay GW’s tuition, according to the  The controversy arises because  their admissions policy states that the University remained need-blind.

In a report published by the, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, states that “students who meet GW’s admissions standards, but are not among the top applicants, can shift from “admitted” to “waitlisted” if they need more financial support from GW. ”

Please follow article below where you can also find out what are the impacts of admission policies.

GW misrepresented admissions and financial aid policy for years

by Jeremy Diamond | Assistant News Editor

The University admitted publicly for the first time Friday that it puts hundreds of undergraduate applicants on its waitlist each year because they cannot pay GW’s tuition.

Administrators now say the admissions process has always factored in financial need. But that contradicts messaging from the admissions and financial aid offices that, as recently as Saturday, have regularly attested that the University remained need-blind.

Students who meet GW’s admissions standards, but are not among the top applicants, can shift from “admitted” to “waitlisted” if they need more financial support from GW. These decisions affect up to 10 percent of GW’s roughly 22,000 applicants each year, said Laurie Koehler, the newly hired associate provost for enrollment management.

Admissions representatives do not consider financial need during the first round of reading applications. But before applicants are notified, the University examines its financial aid budget and decides which students it can actually afford to admit.

Without knowing, wealthier students who were slated to land on the waitlist are accepted, taking the spots of students who would need more financial aid from GW.

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