The Truth Behind College Rankings

1. They are not accurate 2. They make colleges panic and behave badly 3. They make students choose the wrong schools for them 4. They don’t mean anything 5. The data can be false 6. They encourage parents to fixate on the same few schools 7. They tempt you not to feel super proud of […]

Best Colleges for Business in 2012

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   It seems like more and more students are interested in majoring in Business these days.  With the growing focus on social entrepreneurship, philanthropreneurs, and social ventures, today’s generation is very interested in using their business skills to improve the lives of others.  With that in mind, check out these eight […]

Top 7 Sunniest Places to go to College

By: Mia Myklebust   If sunshine is your preferred wake-up call, then head to one of the top sunny states in the US for college!  Four years in the sun is sure to increase both your cheer and your productivity. Just make sure you can drag yourself into the library at least a few days […]

12 Things to Know Before Leaving the Nest

By: Mia Myklebust and Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   How to:   1. Balance your checkbook- It’s all about the money, honey. Knowing how to manage your finances is a lifelong skill that should be learned as early as possible. Keep your checkbook balanced so you don’t end up eating Top Ramen every night for the […]

The Top 5 Worst Main Essay Topics

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.   1.   Sports- Don’t write about it. Don’t even try. Don’t just start a rough draft to see if your sports essay might somehow work. It won’t. They all sound the same: you worked hard, you got injured, you scored some winning point, and as always, your team became like a family. […]

School’s Out for Summer!

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed   School may be out for the summer, but there is much that you can (and some of you should) be doing to prepare for college admissions.  For the full list, follow your dashboard on, but here are the highlights:   Freshmen: Read for pleasure, research something you love, explore […]

Welcome to CollegeMapper!

By: Susanna Cerasuolo M.Ed   Applying to college can be a pretty overwhelming process, but after all of these years of shepherding kids (and parents) through the labyrinth, I think I’ve got it down to a science (with some art thrown in). The CollegeMapper site will guide you step by step through every moment of admissions, and […]