Nick Anderson

Higher education reporterWashington, D.C.

The latest from Nick

Philip J. Hanlon says his school’s promising future is “being hijacked by extreme behavior.”

  • Apr 16, 2014

Dreaded college admission test will debut in 2016 with less tricky vocabulary, focus on achievement.

  • Apr 16, 2014

Questions are raised about what happens next for struggling private school in southwestern part of state.

  • Apr 15, 2014

NOVA-to-GMU pipeline eases the way for many facing extra hurdles to going to college.

  • Apr 11, 2014

David Helkowski says he wanted to force the university to take his worries about computer security seriously.

  • Apr 10, 2014

The D.C. university for the deaf and hard of hearing traces its roots to a bill signed by President Lincoln.

  • Apr 8, 2014

George Washington University mobilizes counseling services; at least two cases believed suicides.

  • Apr 7, 2014

College Park’s quest for a slogan to capture the university’s message to the world.

  • Apr 7, 2014

As U-Md. women’s basketball team heads to NCAA semifinals, school dreams of a brand-building win.

  • Apr 4, 2014

Here is what colleges report for number of applicants and offers. But the ratio is an imperfect measure.

  • Apr 3, 2014

Eight schools known for a climbing vine had combined applications of more than a quarter million.

  • Mar 28, 2014

University Police Chief Jay Gruber explains why a dormitory was not evacuated.

  • Mar 27, 2014

Do male or female students have an edge in applying to selective schools?

  • Mar 26, 2014

Elite liberal arts school recruits and enrolls more students with high financial need than many of its peers.

  • Mar 25, 2014

Here's a look at denial and acceptance letters, usually delivered electronically.

  • Mar 24, 2014

This week many high school seniors are waiting for decisions from university admissions offices.

  • Mar 24, 2014

Hey parents, listen up: Don’t ambush your kids about college when they’re stuck in the car. And students: Be careful about focusing too much on yourselves in your applications. Click here for more hot tips from admissions insider.

  • Mar 23, 2014

George Washington University allows The Washington Post to observe an admissions committee session.

  • Mar 22, 2014

Exclusive access reveals much about secretive discussions about whom to let in to college, and whom to deny.

  • Mar 22, 2014

Police indicated a 19-year-old man said he made the poison. Officials said there was no public danger.

  • Mar 19, 2014
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About Nick

Nick Anderson, at left, interviewed President Obama about education in July 2009. A former Post education editor, Nick writes about college from the perspective of a father of three who will soon be buried in tuition bills. His interests include the technological revolution in education, the admissions and financial aid maze, the rapidly changing (and globalizing) university market and the sheer  intellectual fun of academic life. He joined The Post in 2005 after covering Congress and education for the Los Angeles Times, and he is a graduate of Stanford University.