Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online - Student Research Foundation

Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online?

You’re Taking Classes Remotely . . . Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online Too?

This has been a dream year for people who dislike standardized tests.

Across America, colleges and universities have dropped the requirement that applicants take the SAT or the ACT. They’ve become what was once called “test-optional.” The story is reflected in headlines like these: Read more

Is Endowment the First Factor to Consider when Picking a College Today - Student Research Foundation

Is Endowment the First Factor to Consider when Picking a College Today?

We are going to start today’s post by asking you a question.

Can you identify the following college, based on the information we provide below? This college:

  • Accepts more than 60% of all applicants
  • Has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of foreign students it has enrolled
  • Offers financial aid to more than 70% of the students it accepts
  • Has a shrinking endowment
  • Has a difficult time raising money from alumni
  • Is continuing to build costly new buildings and campus facilities in the hope of attracting more students

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It’s Time to Have the Hard Conversation with Your Kids Who Are Heading to Campus - Student Research Foundation

It’s Time to Have the Hard Conversation with Your Kids Who Are Heading to Campus

All across America, students have been waiting eagerly to start college or return to the campuses they love. Some of them are lucky enough to have their schools welcome them to campus. But as soon as students are starting to arrive, some of them have wasted no time in making the mistake of heading off to parties on or off campus. Read more

What Kind of Coronavirus Testing Will Your College Be Giving Returning Students in the Fall - Student Research Foundation

What Kind of Coronavirus Testing Will Your College Be Giving Returning Students in the Fall?

Colleges across the country have announced that they will test returning students for Covid-19, especially those who want to live on their campuses.

But what does “testing” mean? Does it mean pointing a handheld thermometer at the foreheads of students before they are allowed to enter their dorms? Does it mean blood tests? The tests that colleges will administer will generally fall into one of these two categories:

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What Kind of Laptops Do College Students Need for School Year 2020-21 - Student Research Foundation

What Kind of Laptops Do College Students Need for School Year 2020-21?

College students are already facing lots of confounding questions about the upcoming academic year. Will their colleges reopen? If so, when? Will all classes be delivered online, or only a percentage of them? Will lab-based courses be shut down, or taught in modified ways online?

All those questions impact on a college student’s choice of computer for the coming school year. As an analogy, you can think of a computer as a nozzle through which a growing percentage of educational content will be delivered in the coming year. To handle the increased flow, students will need a big enough nozzle. Read more

Negotiating Safe Campus Housing for Fall Semester - Student Research Foundation

Negotiating Safe Campus Housing for Fall Semester

Not too many years ago, college students worried about having dorm roommates who snored, smoked, or smelled bad.

How innocent those times were. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, most dorm-dwellers are worrying about matters of illness, life, and death. You want to be sure to negotiate the best possible solutions to questions about roommates. Read more

Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans - Student Research Foundation

Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans

The Chronicle of Higher Education Now Offers Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans

Are you planning to pack the car and move to campus in time for orientation, or for the start of fall semester? And will your college be open and waiting for you?

Thankfully, the Chronicle of Higher Education is now offering an online directory of the plans that more than 1,030 colleges are making for the fall. And even better, the Chronicle is making this list available for free online. Read more

We’re Seeing an Explosion of New Instagram Accounts Set Up by Black Students - Student Research Foundation

We’re Seeing an Explosion of New Instagram Accounts Set Up by Black Students . . .

. . . what do they say about our schools and your school?

Over the years, Black student associations at colleges across America have created accounts on Instagram. If you look back through what those groups have posted in the past, you will see that a sizable portion of it has been fairly traditional Instagram fare. Student groups have posted praise for faculty members, announced events, and occasionally reported on troubling experiences fueled by racial discrimination on campus. Read more

Returning to Campus Next Semester - Student Research Foundation

Are You Really Returning to Campus Next Semester?

Unfortunately, the best answer could be, “who knows?”

Is your college welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, going completely online, shutting down entirely . . . or doing something else? And is it cutting tuition or giving refunds if it is not planning to deliver what it promised?

Because North American colleges and universities are not run by one governing body, each college and university is answering those questions differently. We seem to have entered a chaotic period in higher education. Hopefully, we will never see this level of uncertainty again. Read more

The Pandemic’s Impact on Your Education - Student Research Foundation

Should You Write Your College Application Essays about COVID-19 this Year?

If you are about to enter your senior year of high school, chances are you are thinking about your college applications and your application essays. And if you are, you are probably planning to write about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more