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New Online Advising Program Trains Counselors in College Selection

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 11, 2016 3:01:37 PM


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Topics: Media Release, college access, college decision

Cooke Scholar Community Celebrates College Signing Day

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 3:36:11 PM

Yesterday, we joined First Lady Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher initiative to celebrate National College Signing Day. As high school seniors commit to their colleges, the First Lady wanted to make sure there is plenty of fanfare, both online and at the Harlem Armory in New York City, where 4,000 students gathered to commemorate College Signing Day. 

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, high school seniors, Scholars, college decision

Don’t Let Application Fees Dictate Your College List

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Nov 5, 2014 4:17:00 PM

When applying to colleges, either as a traditional first-year student or as a transfer applicant, step one is to identify the best schools for you in terms of academic match and personal fit. Don’t let the prospect of high application fees stop you. Before you start eliminating colleges from your list due to application fees, explore whether the school offers an application fee waiver.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, College Scholarship, tips for college application, application, college decision

JKCF Video: Tips on How to Find the Right College for You

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 24, 2014 2:08:41 PM

Are you or do you know a student applying to college this year and feeling utterly overwhelmed? As anyone who has been through it knows, the college search process can feel just that, overwhelming.

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Topics: Tips, Scholars, Video, college decision

New Study About College Selectivity and Graduation Rates Overlooks Important Factors

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Aug 27, 2014 5:00:00 PM

According to a study published earlier this month in the American Educational Research Journal, how selective a college is has little to do with the likelihood of its students graduating. This finding is encouraging in many ways; however, it does not tell the whole story.

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Topics: Study, college choice, college decision, education news

Five Tips for First-Generation Hopefuls to Discuss College Plans with Their Parents

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Aug 18, 2014 4:11:00 PM

According to USA Today, about 24 percent of entering freshman in U.S. colleges and universities are low-income, first-generation college students—that is, those students from low-income homes who are the first person in their family to attend a four-year institution in order to attain a bachelor's degree. But over a quarter of them will leave college after their first year, which is four times the drop-out rate for higher-income, second-generation students, and 89 percent won’t finish within six years.

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Topics: college decision

Media Release: Foundation College Scholars Accepted to Nation’s Most Competitive Colleges and Universities

Posted by Anthony Baracat on May 8, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s outstanding new class of 86 College Scholars will attend some of the best colleges and universities in the nation this fall. The Foundation’s College Scholarship Program is one of the most selective scholarships in the nation having an acceptance rate of 1.6% during the last competition. Scholars are selected based on financial need as well as their academic achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others. Scholars boast an average unweighted high school GPA of 3.9, excellent standardized test scores, and now an impressive array of first-rate college acceptances. The class profile can be found at

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Topics: College Scholarship, Media Release, College Scholar, college choice, college decision

5 Ways High School Juniors Can Make the Most of College Visits

Posted by Matthew Keys on Apr 23, 2014 4:17:00 PM

As the spring sun rises higher in the sky, so too should the college-seeking ambitions of high school juniors. College campuses all over the country are welcoming flocks of prospective students to usher in the warmer weather, and junior year is the perfect time to see what all the buzz is about.

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Topics: Young Scholars, college search resources, college fit, College Tour, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, college choice, college decision, high school juniors

2014 University Reputation Ranking

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 18, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Times Higher Education (THE) recently released their World Reputation Ranking for 2014, and the U.S. did pretty well. Huffington Post’s Tyler Kingkade wrote to celebrate occupying 13 of the top 20 slots by starting his piece, “Hooray, America!”

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Topics: college fit, college choice, college decision

Study Shows College Still Pays Off

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 13, 2014 4:44:00 PM

A February 2014 study titled ‘Higher Education Earnings Premium’ by the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum suggests that even in today’s changing economy, any amount or type of postsecondary education pays off for students.

We live in a day when, due to a growing paranoia about the lack of jobs for recent grads, media outlets seem to tell the horror stories and little else. However, examining only immediate investment-return (one, two years after graduation) would be to neglect the many benefits that a college education has to offer—especially considering the growing gap between high school and college graduates in terms of employment and pay. (Baum previously stressed the role of time in the increasing value of a degree in an NPR article from August 2013.)

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, Community college, career advice, college success, Study, college decision

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