What is a College Endowment and Why is it So Important?

As you get into college prep, you may come across the term “college endowment” quite  a few times. But what exactly does it mean? What is a college endowment? An endowment refers to the amount of money a college receives in donations. This endowment is then used for a variety of things—scholarships, upgrading facilities, hiring …

What is a 2+2 College Program?

Across the country, 2+2 programs are becoming increasingly popular. You may have come across the term during your college prep, but what exactly does it mean? Is a 2+2 program right for you? Community College to a 4-Year Institution Simply put, a 2+2 program is attending a community college for two years, then transferring to …

What Is A “Carnegie Classification?”

‘Carnegie Classification’ is the shortened version of ‘Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’. This Classification is mainly used for educational and research purposes in order to identify groups of comparable institutions. History of the Carnegie Classification The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education was created in 1970 and first published in 1974. Its …

What Is An Alternative (Or Non-Traditional) High School?

Alternative, or non-traditional, high schools are special schools that provide a learning experience completely different from that provided by traditional means. This is a rather broad explanation, however. Within this definition, there can be significant variations from one school to another. There is no one thing that differentiates alternative schools from traditional schools. Some may …

Why Are the Ivy Leagues Called the “Ivy Leagues?”

Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Cornell: These eight schools make up the high academic standard world of the Ivy League. But how did the name come about? Does ivy have anything to do with it? Ivy Vines More than likely. Some of the schools were covered in ivy in the European style. …

What Are “Hidden Ivies?”

You’ve heard of the Ivy League Schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc), but have you ever heard of the “Hidden Ivies?” Here’s a rundown of what that phrase means, how it pertains to your college applications, and how they compare to Ivy League Schools. What Are The “Hidden Ivies?” The Hidden Ivies are schools that are …