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Sally_Rubenstone Senior Member

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  • Re: TulaneMaddie22 [Tulane Senior Offers to Answer Questions]

    @jozuko -Thanks for contacting Jeff. He's in the throes of Greenie Camp right now but I'm sure he'll dig up an intern or two for CC when he can.

    @CA1543 -So nice that your son may continue the family tradition at Tulane. You should definitely encourage him to post questions here, and he should also feel free to email his regional admissions rep. Occasional questions--especially those that aren't easily answered on the Tulane Web site (etc.)--are always fine to send and can help to demonstrate your son's interest. Of course, an onslaught of questions sent to the busy reps might not have quite the same effect. :-(
  • Re: TulaneMaddie22 [Tulane Senior Offers to Answer Questions]

    @dcgirl15 -You're very welcome. Keep asking questions here, and if we parents who are lurking around can't answer them, I'll ask my son or will try to scare up another student to check in regularly.

    There is also an enormous amount of information on other Tulane threads, courtesy of the late David Krost, aka "Fallen Chemist." He was a very loyal Tulane alum (and parent of a recent grad) who died suddenly not quite a year ago. He provided an amazing amount of information (and moral support) to prospective Tulane students and their families. So if you have specific questions, you can search the Tulane forum to see if anyone--particularly Fallen Chemist--has already answered them.

    There have been some changes just in the past year or so, especially concerning housing and also the honors program, but, overall, the Tulane forum contains tons of potentially very valuable assistance that was largely provided by Fallen Chemist.
  • Does Your Child Meet Your “Text-pectations”?

    Question: My son goes to college 1,000 miles from home. I try not to bother him excessively but it still annoys me and even hurts me that he doesn’t answer at least half my texts ...


    See http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/child-meet-text-pectations/
  • Re: How International Students Can Begin a U.S. College Search

    The strength of this article is that it encourages international students to consider a broad range of US colleges rather than just the "usual suspects" (Ivies and their ilk) which are always a huge draw for candidates from overseas.

    But finances should be mentioned up front here, and they're not. When I work with domestic applicants, I always say to leave money out of the very earliest stages of the college selection process, even if it must become a driving force later on. However, with international students who require aid, it's a whole different story. The bar is set very high for internationals seeking $$$. Thus international students who plan to apply for aid ... especially if they need A LOT of aid ... must hone in first of all on colleges that do have funds for non-citizens and then on the schools on that long list where their own grades, test scores, and other accomplishments put them at the top of the applicant pool.

    International students who expect financial assistance should not invest all the time and effort described in this article without first assessing how much they or their families can afford to spend each year and then targeting institutions where they will be among the strongest candidates.

  • The Dean's New Editing Policy

    The Dean has made two New Year's resolutions for 2014. The first one involves the traditional 12 pounds that are on the Resolutions list every year. :(

    The second one has to do with "Ask the Dean" editorial policies. In the past, when I have posted an "Ask the Dean" response, I have edited the question to remove spelling errors (at least when I catch them) as well as egregious grammatical goofs and other similar mistakes. I cleaned up most questions before posting them ... at least a little bit.

    From now on, however, I am going to post the questions just as I receive them. (Exception: I will edit out personal details and other potentially identifying information, just as I have always done.)

    The reason for this change is not only because I want to save time (which I certainly will) but also because I believe that the way a question is worded can tell me something about its sender that might affect my response. (Example: A question in broken English suggests that the student is an international applicant and might have requirements that a domestic applicant does not. A question about Harvard admission from a student using horrific grammar may whisper "huge Reach!") I want my readers to have access to much of the same information that I do when I answer. So from now on, you can expect that some of the questions you'll read here will not be "air brushed" as they've been in the past.

    You may not notice this change, but --if you do--I hope you find it helpful.

    Happy 2014 to all!