Janet’s Blog, “Next Stop: College”

Janet Rosier has written her blog, “Next Stop: College” for the Hearst newspapers in Connecticut, online editions, since 2010.

Janet covers news and trends in education and admissions, specifically, what is happening in “College World”– standardized testing, new majors, changes in admissions rules and requirements as well as helpful information and advice for students and parents.

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Standardized Tests and the Coronavirus

High school students, teachers and counselors are all doing their best to keep up with school requirements from home, even as no one is sure how long this will go on

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College Admissions & Social Distancing

While high school students are “distance learning” from home, they still need to do what they can when it comes to college admission. For seniors, this means choosing which college to attend and for juniors, which colleges to apply


Financial Literacy

In this article from The New Haven Register, “Add financial literacy to high school coursework,”  author Eric Tashlein argues that CT high schools  should require students to take a course on financial literacy…


How to Apply to College? Let Me Count the Ways

Every few years, I write a blog post explaining the different ways students can apply to college, many of them using “early” plans. This helps families understand the differences in the plans, their rules and restrictions and it bears revisiting as things do change

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The Common Application Opens Today

The Common Application 2019-2020 is Live! The newest version of the Common App, along with their new abstract logo, is ready for the high school class of 2020 to start filling out and submitting.

The Common Application was established in 1975 by 15 private colleges

Stanford University

The College Admissions Scandal

The recent scandal in college admissions captured the attention of just about everyone in America. It involved some of the nation’s most competitive and well known universities, Hollywood celebrities, teenage “influencers”, college coaches, the rich and famous and the rich and now infamous, cheating and bribery

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“Early” College Applications Deferred

This week, high school seniors have received their acceptance decisions from the colleges to which they applied Early Decision and Early Action. The admissions decisions from the colleges can be “Congratulations and Welcome to the Class of 2023” or “We regret to inform you…” or a third non-decision decision, “Your application has been deferred to Regular Decision”

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How Important is Your GPA to Colleges?

A student’s GPA (Grade Point Average) is the most important part of the college application. It is also the least important part of the application.

Allow me to explain

Flagler College

Test Optional College Admissions

On September 24, Colby College in Maine announced that it will allow students to apply for admission “test optional”. Earlier this month William Patterson University in New Jersey announced

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College Rankings

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As an Independent Educational Consultant who helps students choose and apply to colleges, I have been writing this blog, “Next Stop: College” since 2010

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Let’s Hear it For (Some) Rote Learning!

Learning styles, like everything else, go in and out of favor. I can recall when my oldest child was going into first grade, “Whole Language” was the new way to teach reading. What I took away

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There Are No Guarantees in College Admissions

I am surprised that it is necessary to write these words, but there are no guarantees in college admissions.

Inside Higher Ed (IHE) published an interesting article yesterday about a For-Profit High School that guarantees that their students will be accepted to a “Top 100” college and with a scholarship

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Early Decision and the Department of Justice

What is “Early Decision” in college admissions and why is the Justice Department investigating colleges, including Wesleyan in Connecticut?

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What is the Purpose of College?

It seems that since the recession of 2008 the definition of the purpose, goal and importance of a college education has been up for grabs. Maybe it was always this way, or maybe it comes in waves when there are shifts in the economy and I did not notice until

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Food Insecurity on College Campuses

It may come as a surprise that many college students sometimes go hungry. Some students do not have enough money to get through the semester after paying for tuition, fees, books, housing and more. College costs continue to go up and and financial aid still leaves gaps for many students

Georgetown University

Deferred from Early Decision

Right now high school seniors are getting their acceptance decisions from the colleges to which they applied Early Decision and in the next few weeks they will continue to hear from those they applied to Early Action. The admissions decisions from the colleges can be “Congratulations and welcome to the Class of 2022” or “We regret to inform you…” or

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First Time Back Home for College Freshmen

This week, college freshmen will arrive home for a four day– or even longer –Thanksgiving break. For many, this will be the first time they have been home for an extended visit since


Crazy Weather, Natural Disasters, Balky Applications and College Deadlines!

November 1 is a big deadline for students to submit college applications. This is when most of the binding “Early Decision” applications are due. It is also a big day for many Early Action deadlines. For the last ten years

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2017 College Applications Online

The Common Application, after a short recess, is back online today, August 1. Each year, the Common App goes offline for a short time in July to get ready for the next admissions cycle, usually with a few changes/improvements. This year’s changes include

Yale University

Disgraced Yale Dean Leaves her Job

This is a stark reminder that your social media is not private and that you will be judged by what you post.From the Yale Daily News, “Dean of Pierson College June Chu has left her position, head of Pierson College Stephen Davis announced in a Tuesday morning email to Pierson students.”

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Getting Extra Time on SAT Easier

The College Board— owner of such tests as the PSAT, SAT, Subject Tests and AP exams—recently announced that the process for students who request accommodations, like extended time, will be easier

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Free College Tuition

Hardly a day goes by without some story in the media pointing out the high cost of college, soaring student debt and questioning its Return on Investment. As a college admissions consultant, I have had a version
Columbia University

Ivy League and Competitive Colleges Deny More Applications in the Early Round

Another College Admissions Cycle is in full swing and it is time for the colleges to report that Early Applications have gone up and the acceptances rates have gone down!
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College Application Letters of Recommendation

By Janet Rosier

High school students applying to colleges need letters of recommendation to accompany their applications. Although some colleges only require a letter from the guidance counselor and a very few do not read

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College Campus Visits

How Important is it to Tour a Campus? Touring a college campus is very important. Many colleges are keeping track of “demonstrated interest” and touring their campus is certainly a good way for
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College Application Season Begins–Beware Simplistic Advice

I read articles every day – both in print and online—about education in general and all things college related and many of these give advice: best ways to save and pay for college, which majors are