December 14, 2017

The ‘Public Ivies’ for 2017-18

Virtually every college student as well as college-bound high school junior or senior wants to feel good about their college choice. They’re especially likely to feel better about their school if their college is among the ‘Public Ivies’. I have written posts here about the Public Ivies, and have my […]
October 30, 2017

The Best Liberal Arts College Career Services Report

Can you get a job? That’s probably the most asked question of parents who visit a liberal arts college. One school that I recently visited, Hobart and Willam Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, hands parents and students a comprehensive career services brochure that answers this question quite nicely. This […]
October 19, 2017

College-Bound Students Must Write College Admissions Essays

College admissions essays are nothing like the usual writing assignments that a high school senior has been asked to do for teachers to earn grades. For those who do not like to write, they’re something to be feared. However, when a student has a combination of suspect grades and/or test […]
October 2, 2017

Which College Admissions Officers Have the Harder Job?

One of the more pleasant experiences of being a college advisor has been the opportunity to meet and chat with college admissions officers at all types of schools. For the most part they’re nice people, some more experienced as well as more knowledgable than others. But they all want to find […]
September 28, 2017

How Can College-Bound Students Prepare For College Level Math?

A Christopher Newport University dean once told a group of college admissions advisors and school counselors, myself included, that college students should take as much college level math as they could, until they got a ‘C’. For me that would have been Calculus I or Statistics II. Thankfully, I did […]
September 25, 2017

Does Community Service Matter in College Admissions?

College admissions officers, school guidance counselors and college advisors are often asked: “Does community service matter?” Talk to different people and you will get different answers. My answer : it depends. There’s no single definition of community service. It depends on the individual and how s/he wants to use their […]
September 12, 2017

Does DACA Have a Future Or Dark Days Ahead?

Last week US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that no new work permits would be issued under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program . The also announced that the program would end within six months, unless Congress takes action. Attorney General Sessions made the announcement with the full support of […]
August 7, 2017

The Great Mistake or What Happens Going Forward after College Admissions Have Over-enrolled a Freshman Class?

Over the past two weeks you might have read that the University of California-Irvine has reinstated admissions for 290 students whose acceptances had been previously rescinded. The university had enforced close-of-year requirements that accepted students maintain their grades and submit their final transcript by a stated deadline. There was concern […]
June 22, 2017

The Alumni Relations Office Must Be a Stop on Every Campus Visit

One thing you will never learn about from a campus visit is the relationship that a college or university has with its alumni. You should ask about this. While the schools provide alumni giving rates to U.S. News and other media, that is only one picture of how they stay […]