Carnival of College Admissions: 6th Edition

Welcome to the 6th Edition of the Carnival of College Admissions! We had guest hosts for the past two editions, so if you missed them, you can find the 4th Edition at Great College Advice, and the 5th Edition at Step Into College.

Thirteen submissions came in for this issue, and I have selected the top ten to feature. Read on to the Carnival of College Admissions:

Carnival of College Admissions: 3rd Edition

  • Mark Montgomery has an excellent anecdote about picking the right college in his hilarious piece, College Fit: How Does the Shirt Look on Me? over at Great College Advice. Who would have thought that you could learn so much about college admissions at the department store racks?
  • As a former SAT instructor, I shared with many high school students the initial dislike of the new SAT Writing section. However, as Todd Johnson of the College Admissions Counseling Blog points out, the SAT writing section may be a better predictor of college grades than the old SAT. An interesting observation that may change many people's minds about the new admissions test.

Carnival Merry-Go-Round

  • Turning now to the subject of financial aid, perhaps even more stressful than determining what college to attend is how to pay for it. Julie Stewart at Virtual College Fairs recommends that everyone do their research and not rule out schools because they think they will be too expensive. Her article helps you to determine your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and suggests that, "many times a more expensive school can be cheaper after you've determined your EFC and how much financial aid you will be eligible for."
  • Once you've done all that, let's Ken Clark walk you through A Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for Federal Financial Aid. His guide takes you through the FAFSA and is an invaluable resource when it comes time to fill out yours. Keep the link bookmarked so you can have a companion.
  • Give Me Back My Credit! blogger Denise Richardson featured a guest article from Heather Johnson which asked the question, College Students Have Courses on Nutrition -- Why Not Personal Finance? Even if you can live like a king or queen with a generous financial aid package, remember that smart college spending is vital as well. These tips will help you to manage your college debt.
  • Zack Oliva, owner of one of a new but very promising college finance blog, College Finance 101, answers a similar question for his readers: What Affects My Credit Score? College students are among the least credit savvy and often end up the targets of predatory lender. Don't let yourself be a victim! Let Zack teach you the precise things that affect your credit score so you can maximize your ability for a home or car loan in your future.

Carnival Ride

  • Online classes are becoming increasingly popular, and more and more students are starting to flock to the idea of distance learning. The one concern always remains, however: how does one stay motivated when they work full-time and learn online on the side? Heather Johnson of Key Degree has the answer with 6 Ways to Balance Work and Online Courses
  • Speaking of online colleges, a lot of the e-mail questions I have received recently revolve around my recommendations. Many readers are straight from high school, thinking about distance learning, but wondering how it will affect their chance for graduate school in the future. One option has always been to continue your online study opportunities. David Cassell of Select Courses presents the pros -- and cons -- of Getting a Law Degree Online. If this is a path you're thinking about taking, his advice can help.

Carnival Ferris Wheel

  • Rounding off this edition is Susan Jacobs of Law Vibe. While her article, 10 Ways to Ensure Success in Law School doesn't quite hit the demographic of this Carnival, her tips are useful for anyone regardless of school level. College is very different from High School, and her tips are sure to ease that transition.

Thank you to all the wonderful submitters who make the Carnival of College Admissions great. If you think you have an article that belongs here, even if you're not a dedicated college admissions expert, we'd love to hear from you. Head down to the submissions page and let us know about your article. If we like it, you may see yourself featured in the next weekly edition. College admissions consultants wishing to bring the carnival to their own site should also contact me if you would like to host an edition.

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Thanks for a great Carnival, Brian. Glad you found my piece so hilarious: don't I look pretty in pink?

- Mark Montgomery, 05/08/08 at 1:20 pm

Not everyone can pull of pink with such a subtle poise, Mark. I'm impressed.

- Brian Cavner, 05/08/08 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for a great carnival - and including one of our writers in the carnival!

- Mike Law, 05/09/08 at 4:45 pm

I enjoyed Susan's article a lot. I think it could apply to all levels of education given since following all of those steps is a great way to succeed in high school, undergrad, or any graduate school.

- MVaughn, 05/13/08 at 11:02 am

I am an upcoming college student, so this infomration is really precious to me. Thanks alot, you definately saved me from some headaches.

- Eric, 05/23/08 at 9:17 am


I have an article about Letters of Recommendation that I featured on my blog. I think it would be a great addition to your website!

I am not too sure how to submit it through a carnival.

Get in touch with me via. e-mail if you would like to use the article.


- matthew, 05/26/08 at 2:57 am

I'm looking forward to the next edition. May I help you in any way?



- Mark Montgomery, 05/29/08 at 5:16 pm

Wow I loved checking out that hilarious Mark Montgomery WAY indeed! Great write - up.

- Linda, 09/12/08 at 3:20 am

Great carnival and it is written in a lovely manner. It seem as if you are part of it. Great job and keep on post nice work:)

- Maria, 09/30/08 at 5:14 am

I have 7 higher education sites, and an education blog. How can I get involved in upcoming carnivals?


- Dan, 07/27/09 at 2:39 pm


If you're interested in getting involved in future Blog Carnivals on the topic of College Admission (plus financial aid, scholarships, test prep, boarding schools, graduate schools, and college life),
have a look at the Carnival of College Admission, hosted by

The homepage for the Carnival is here:

The form for making a submission is here:

- Mark Montgomery, 07/27/09 at 10:27 pm

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