June 5, 2020

New York’s Washington Square, Benchmark of a Festive College Community

Whenever I visit New York City I have found no better place to meet friends than near NYU and Washington Square Park. During one visit I spent some time taking pictures of the neighborhood. Check them out on my Pinterest page. If you love cities and have the money for […]
June 5, 2020

The Value of Cooperative Education

I worked around the career development world for several years before becoming an admissions advisor. Among the areas that I had to understand was cooperative education. Under cooperative education, students alternate periods of school and full-time work for one or more years of college. Cooperative education, aka ‘co-op’. is voluntary […]
June 4, 2020

The US Army: What Does It Take to Become an Officer-and Succeed?

The US Army is not only the world’s finest army. it is also one of the leading supporters of higher education in our country. An educated officer corps make our army stronger, and former officers are quite valued for their leadership skills. Military training, whether it comes through Army ROTC […]
June 3, 2020

Fifty Years Ago: You Needed College To Play Pro Basketball

When I was nine I was a big fan of pro basketball. I had good reason back then. The New York Knicks, one of the NBA’s original teams, won their first championship. Today I read about a divided country. But I also look back on a team of black and […]
June 3, 2020

How Should You Choose a ‘Safe School’?

I have never liked the phrase ‘safe school’ in developing a college list. It implies that someone will “go to this school if they cannot get in anyplace else.” But it makes no sense to waste your time, or a college’s, to apply to a school where you have little […]
June 2, 2020

A Call for Better Citizenship Education

Often on college visits I hear talks from faculty and administration who want their students to become “good citizens of the world.” Through their various academic departments these schools take global citizenship education site seriously. No doubt colleges should think globally. They welcome students from all over the world, and they […]
May 29, 2020

TCNJ: The Emerging State College Goes Test Optional

For seventeen years I have lived near The College of New Jersey, aka ‘TCNJ’. TCNJ is to Rutgers-New Brunswick, our flagship state university, what the College of William and Mary is to UVa. or Virginia Tech. And like William and Mary, TCNJ has just announced that it will go test […]
May 29, 2020

How Do You Consider Test-Optional Schools?

The list of test-optional schools is growing every day in the new reality of COVID-19. This is understandable; the ACT and the College Board were not prepared for a pandemic. It was too late to find ways to administer a three-hour paper and pencil test under government-enforced policies of social […]
May 27, 2020

Can You Combine College AND a Gap Year?

The gap year has become a hot topic among college admissions advisors this spring. But what if you could choose a college and a gap year experience during this admissions cycle or the next?  Verto Education offers this opportunity to 500 freshmen. Those chosen for this experience spend their first […]