May 24, 2020

University of California Drops ACT and SAT-Forever?

If you have children who are about to begin their journey to college, a few changes are about to happen in college admissions. The most prominent is that more college admissions processes will be test optional. There are fewer opportunities to take the ACT or the SAT–and more questions about […]
May 21, 2020

Creative Colleges: A State University With Flexibility

Depending on the state where you live, your state university might be exceptionally selective. It could also be exceptionally welcoming with assured admissions. The state university that will be a winner in our new reality will be the one that offers flexibility. What do I mean by flexibility when it […]
May 20, 2020

There Are Two Types of College Admissions Offices

High school students anxiously begin their journey to college as they make first contact with college admissions offices. Especially when they have a dream school in mind. But they proceed on visits, in person or virtual, without knowing how a college admissions office works. Every college admissions office has its own processes […]
May 19, 2020

College Dining Halls Matter, Especially Now

As families face college choices and more colleges consider their plans for the fall, college dining halls should be in their thoughts. College dining halls matter for the most obvious reason: the students have to eat. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, I would see a sign ‘Come Early, […]
May 18, 2020

Interested in a Career in Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is one of the more popular interests for high school students who are interested in the health professions, but do not want to become a physician. An education in physical therapy is quite rigorous, especially in the sciences. But the motivated, like Gianna Bigliani Cetkowski, move on to […]
May 15, 2020

Summer Jobs Matter For High School Students

High school juniors live in a reality of pessimism and uncertainty in COVID 19 times. It’s easy to be pessimistic about the chances of finding summer jobs to help pay for college. But there are summer jobs to be found, and much to be learned from them. Friends and colleagues shared […]
May 11, 2020

Can You ‘Trade Up’ Through Transfer Admissions?

It’s very difficult to “trade up,” through transfer admissions into a more selective college.. But its possible, if you do your homework.  Transfer-up is a way of life for community college students in California, as my friend Elizabeth LaScala points out on her blog on It’s the only route for residents to […]
May 7, 2020

Ten New Jersey Public Colleges Send A Message: Please Come Home

Ten New Jersey public colleges are collectively targeting a market for transfer students: residents who went out of state. With that in mind these schools established the New Jersey Scholars Corps.  The idea has good intentions. Some appear doable, including a streamlined application process and guaranteed acceptance of credits. Others, […]
May 5, 2020
Seminar room at IUP's Cook Honors College

Creative Colleges: Public Honors Colleges

Public honors colleges may become the next winners in our new reality. They offer a small residential college educational experience and the resources that you can only find at a larger school. As I mentioned in my previous post on creative colleges, the winners are going to be the schools […]