All Posts Tagged With: “Common Data Set”

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Case Study: Applying Early Decision

Yesterday I shared an easy way to to obtain early decision statistics from individual colleges and universities. Here is the post: Finding the Success Rate of Applying Early Decision As I promised at the time, I want to delve into the specifics of a high school senior, I’m going to call her Sarah, who wants […]

9Sep2010 | Lynn | 4 comments | Continued

Finding the Success Rate of Applying Early Decision

Should you apply early decision? I got an email last night from a psychologist who asked if his daughter should apply early decision to The College of New Jersey, which is a public liberal arts college. Last month, I wrote about the early decision dilemma that a mom from Minnesota was facing regarding her daughter’s […]

8Sep2010 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued

How Generous Is This College?

How can you tell if a college or university will cut the price for your child? You can get an idea by looking at a school’s Common Data Set. If you don’t know what a Common Data Set is, you’ll want to read the posts that I wrote last week on this valuable document: Researching […]

5Sep2010 | Lynn | 1 comment | Continued

Common Data Set 101

The Common Data Set can be a great tool for researching colleges and universities. You can learn what a Common Data Set is by reading the post that I wrote yesterday: Researching Colleges With the Common Data Set Today I’m going to explore how you can use the Common Data Set to gain insights into […]

2Sep2010 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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Researching Colleges With the Common Data Set

At the beginning of yet another college admission season, I want to share one of my favorite tools that can help anyone research colleges and universities.  The tool is called the Common Data Set. College and universities all over the country produce their own Common Data Set every year. The Common Data Set is a […]

1Sep2010 | Lynn | 4 comments | Continued
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Naming Names: A List of the Most Generous Colleges

In the last few days, I’ve been working on an assignment about college rankings — when it’s published I’ll be sure to link to the article. Today, however, I thought I’d provide links to some helpful college lists courtesy of US News & World Report. Colleges Giving the Most Merit Scholarships One question that I […]

7Sep2009 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued

Finding College Cash in Obscure Documents

If you want to shrink the cost of college, you should become acquainted with something called the Common Data Set. The Common Data Set was dreamed up years ago as a way to satisfy collegiate publishers like US News & World Report and the College Board, which have voracious appetites for higher-ed statistics. Rather than […]

1Sep2009 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued

Three Quick Ways to Research a College

How would you like to research a college in 10 minutes? Sound impossible? Not really. In my most recent college post for, I share three quick ways to research a school. I use these shortcuts all the time to help me size up a school pretty quickly.

29May2009 | Lynn | 0 comments | Continued
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Common Data Set: Finding College Bargains

One of the niftiest tools you can use when evaluating whether you can afford a college or university is its Common Data Set. When I was researching my book, The College Solution, I remember I was excited when I discovered the Common Data Set. Anytime that I research a school, I check out its latest […]

25Oct2008 | Lynn | 2 comments | Continued