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U.S. News Publication: Honors Programs Are Good for “Families Too Rich for Financial Aid”

Public university honors colleges and programs continue to raise their profiles as “value” choices  in higher education, as evidenced by columns in the New York Times, attention from college consultants, and a separate focus piece in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges publication. … Continue reading

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Update No. 2: It’s Complicated–the 2016 Edition of Honors Ratings and Reviews

By John Willingham, Editor Honors colleges and programs are complex. If you think about it, how could they not be? Take a (generally) large public research university with many thousands of students, sprawling campuses, hundreds of professors, and the huge … Continue reading

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The National Merit Journey: What You Need to Know, Part One

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two detailed articles that describe the complex and often confusing process of becoming a National Merit Scholar. If you are already familiar with the PSAT qualifying test itself and the preliminary steps, you … Continue reading

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How Much Should Public Universities Spend on Merit Aid?

Critics claim that public universities spend far too much on merit aid at a time when the focus should be on providing more need-based assistance, but the uses of merit aid are many, as are the reasons that drive the … Continue reading

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The Academic Reputation Ranking in U.S. News: What It Means for Honors Students

In a previous post, Based on Academic Reputation Alone, Publics Would Be Higher in U.S. News Rankings, we write that many public universities have a reputation in the academic community that is much higher than their overall ranking by U.S. … Continue reading

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UT Austin Alum Leaves $35 Million to Engineering School for Scholarships

Editor’s Note: This post is excerpted from Alcalde, the alumni magazine of the University of Texas at Austin. The late T.W. “Tom” Whaley, Ph.D. ’68, who quietly served his country in the CIA during the Cold War, surprised UT leaders … Continue reading

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Merit Aid: Publics that Fund at least 50% of Freshmen Tuition and Fees

Thanks to the availability of a 2012 NY Times Table on Merit Money, we have identified the public universities that meet two criteria for providing non-need based merit aid to students: (1) at least 10 percent of freshmen receive the … Continue reading

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PSAT National Merit Scholar Qualifying Scores and SAT Equivalencies, by State

Updated December 17, 2016, with new link to a concordance for PSAT total scores and selection index scores, compared to data for the old PSAT scores. This concordance estimate is for the NMS Class of 2017. For the Class of … Continue reading

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UT Dallas McDermott Scholars: An Exciting Free Ride for Four Years

Editor’s Note: The following post is from UT Dallas… The UT Dallas McDermott Scholars Program has selected 21 students to make up the 2013 incoming class. The entering cohort was chosen from nearly 1,200 high school students in 30 states … Continue reading

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Best Major Universities for National Merit Scholarship Funding

Editor’s note: This list was completely updated August 13, 2016, to include data for 2015 compared to 2014.  Below we compare awards, by university, for both years so that readers can gauge any trends in university support for the scholarships. … Continue reading

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