April 29, 2019

What is Your Total Cost of Attendance?

When students and their families apply for financial aid and make plans to pay for college, college costs should be represented as their total cost of attendance. What does total cost of attendance include? The charges that you see on a term bill: tuition and fees, room and board.  Costs […]
April 16, 2019

Here’s Another Way to Earn a Business Degree at a Large University

If you’re curious to know how food gets from farm to table, there is an interesting path to pursue a business degree within a large flagship state university.  Many public universities are designated as Federal Land Grant colleges as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, […]
April 8, 2019

Choosing a College-and a College Town

“You can live in a city any other time,” said the tour guide who led me and a small army of parents and prospective students around the campus of UMass-Amherst. She had chosen the home state university in a college town over Boston University or Northeastern University, and probably saved […]
March 19, 2019

Distant Revisit—Hampshire College (MA)

If you have worked as a college admissions advisor, you have probably heard a good “Hampshire College story” about a student or alumnus who has made good. A friend in the college advising world, Laird Durley, told me of a Hampshire graduate who worked on a dairy farm while she was […]
March 13, 2019

Today I’m Proud of My Public High School Class

Forty-one years ago I graduated within one of the brightest classes in the history of my Central New Jersey public high school.  As I read about yesterday’s unraveling news and Federal indictment around Rick Singer, Edge College and Career Network, the Key Worldwide Foundation, coaches who were bribed to endorse […]
March 4, 2019

Will The ‘Career Course’ Hurt or Help On the Journey to College?

Back in my day, the only career courses that a college-bound student were likely to take were in accounting, computer programming, foods and personal typing. These courses were electives. I knew several bright classmates who suffered in typing. I join them in being thankful for computers and spell-check.  Forty years […]
February 26, 2019

Rutgers’ Douglass Project Succeeds With Women in STEM

I probably write more about Rutgers than any other college advisor, but for good reasons. But the New Brunswick campus is the flagship state university in my home state, and it offers several benchmark academic programs that impact many students. One of the largest programs is the Douglass Project within […]
February 18, 2019

The Yet-to-Be Tamed World of Varsity College Esports

This past week NCAA president Mark Emmert addressed his annual convention and asked his audience a rhetorical question: Should the NCAA regulate college video game competition, aka varsity college esports?  As of today 128 colleges, small, mid-sized and large, belong to the National Association for College Esports (NACE). With few […]
February 7, 2019

Poets and Quants Serves Up Details on Business Schools

If someone was to use Poets and Quants to compare business school opportunities she could literally drown in information