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The transition from high school to college is a difficult one, and yet, it is a transition that is often overlooked. This site is to help college bound students, parents, and youth workers stay up to date on the latest research and trends in regards to college transition. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Join the conversation!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

College Hopes and Worries

The Princeton Review, an organization committed to helping students, parents, and educators achieve the best outcomes at all stages of their educational careers, has released data from an interested survey they conducted. The survey asked students and parents this question: "What 'dream college' would you most like to attend (or see your child attend) if acceptance or cost weren't issues?"

Top five answers by students:
1) New York University (for the third consecutive year)
2) Harvard
3) Stanford
4) Princeton
5) Columbia

For parents:
1) Stanford
2) Princeton
3) Harvard
4) Brown
5) Notre Dame

You can read the rest of the list here.

The survey also included useful information, such as:

65% report high levels of stress about the college application process (up 6% from last year).

70% expect the cost of their degree to exceed $75,000.

51% say getting financial aid will be "extremely necessary" to pay for college (and another 27% say it will be "very necessary").

For more statistics concerning “college hopes and worries” click here.


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