October 7, 2019

Who Were My College Advisors?

The field of college admissions counseling is fairly new. Most of us did not have the benefit of working with college advisors when we were applying to colleges. I was actually lucky I had two, my parents. My father passed away last week. He previously survived a heart attack and […]
September 23, 2019

The Five Flavors of Early Action

Early Action is, when timing works, one of the fairest processes in college admissions when applying to many schools. It can also be an unfair process at a very small number of very selective colleges.  Early Action comes in five flavors, depending on the school. None obligate you to send […]
September 18, 2019

Many Get A Discount at the University of New Mexico—More Might Get Free Tuition!

Since 1941 New Mexico license plates have featured the words: “Land of Enchantment.”  With a recent proposal for free public college, New Mexico might just live up to that nickname for higher education.  Today Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a proposal to make free public college tuition a reality for […]
September 16, 2019

The Public Ivy Schools for 2019-20

The start of the new admissions cycle is also the time that I begin to compile my list of ‘Public Ivy’ schools. Only I have may have a different view of what makes a school a Public Ivy.  To me a Public Ivy should: Retain at least 90 percent of […]
September 11, 2019

Financial Aid Tips for First-Time College Applicants

September marks the beginning of not only a new admissions cycle, but also the process of applying for financial aid. The process of requesting financial aid could be more complex. I’ll try to help you started on the financial aid process in this post, so read on! Who should apply […]
September 9, 2019

Changes in College Admissions You Should Know

College admissions officers belong to a volunteer membership association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The organization sets professional and ethical standards for the college admissions process and the admissions community. Beginning last year NACAC was the focus of an investigation by the US Department of Justice  (DOJ) […]
July 22, 2019

Why Does The George Washington University Need to ‘Right Size’?

I have visited The George Washington University several times over the past three decades. It’s my wife’s alma mater. She gave me my first tour the year after we were married. The George Washington University is the best located college in America for anyone who wants to become involved in politics […]
June 4, 2019

A College Town With Growing Pains

For the past 16 years I have lived in a college town that probably never intended to be a college town.  Home to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) since 1935, Ewing is situated almost in the center between Princeton and Trenton. Between TCNJ and Rider University, located in nearby […]
May 13, 2019

An Honors Building and Hopes Rise At Rutgers-Newark

Rutgers-Newark recently hosted a Spring Reveal for the new residence/academic building that will be dedicated to its Honors Living Learning Community this fall. A formal dedication ceremony will take place in mid October. I had the opportunity to attend the Reveal through the Rutgers Alumni Association. I took a few pictures to […]