May 4, 2020

Creative Colleges: Schools on Trimester Calendars

Last week I introduced a new series about creative colleges. These are the schools that have the most original ideas to deliver a rewarding educational experience in the new reality of COVID-19. My good friend, Elizabeth LaScala, founder of Doing College-and Beyond in Northern California, offers several suggestions for juniors […]
April 30, 2020

Creative Colleges: Could A Block Plan College Be In Your Future?

If you’ve visited Educated Quest you probably know that I’ve posted a few virtual college visits. I’ll continue to post more, but I want to shift gears a bit. It’s a college advisor’s responsibility to let you know how schools are trying to adjust to this new world under COVID-19, […]
April 28, 2020

What Does It Take For a College Campus to Re-Open In the Fall?

Many think of a college campus as a place to take college classes. But it is much more. A college campus is a school. It is also a community, much like a small or mid-sized city. A college operates arts centers, community centers, health care facilities, libraries, housing, recreation centers, […]
April 22, 2020

Five Questions About The Gap Year In COVID-19 Times

A gap year is becoming a popular option for graduating high school seniors to explore in COVID-19 times. Oft-considered an alternative to the conventional first-year college experience, the possibility of taking a gap year is being weighed against the possibility that colleges will not be able to welcome students to […]
April 21, 2020

Four Things High School Seniors Must Know About Community College

Considering community college as the first step on the journey to a college degree? Worried that a four-year college experience might be online this fall, not worth the money? A community college will likely charge lower tuition and fees. These schools often have more experience with online courses than many […]
April 16, 2020

Does It Pay for College Seniors To Stay in School?

Many college seniors in the Class of 2020  expected be welcomed into a robust job market. My sympathies go out to these students. I graduated college in a recession year, 1982. By year’s end the unemployment rate approached 11 percent. The first cases of AIDS became known in the US the […]
April 9, 2020

A Data Dive Into Iowa State University

Iowa State University got on my radar this week. Katharine Johnson Suski, Executive Director of Admissions, wrote a kind and thoughtful letter to prospective students that went viral.  This large university is trying to be as fair as possible to help prospective students. The deposit deadline has been extended to […]
March 26, 2020

Virtual College Visits: How Much Do You Learn?

You’ll notice that I’ve recorded a few virtual college visits over the past two weeks. I had been scheduled to see these schools in person, starting with Tufts.  Virtual college visits are often the first impressions that college-bound students get about different schools. But you cannot limit yourself to viewing admissions […]
March 23, 2020

Could More Colleges Go Test Optional Post COVID-19?

Last week the admissions office at Case Western Reserve University announced that the university would offer test-optional admissions for the next admissions cycle. This will benefit high school juniors who might be considering the school for their lists next fall. Their opportunity to take the ACT or SAT has been […]