August 7, 2016

So You Want To Be A College-Bound Olympic Athlete?

This is the week of the Summer Olympics, a good time to write a post on how a college-bound future Olympic athlete should consider colleges with Olympic-level competition in their future. This post will consider the individual medal sport athletes as opposed to team sports. It’s far from usual for an Olympian […]
August 1, 2016

What Is The Story Behind College Acceptance Rates?

If you’re a regular visitor to Educated Quest, you have probably heard the phrase “acceptance snob” to explain the desire for the best and brightest college-bound students to attend the most selective of colleges. But there are stories behind the numbers with college acceptance rates that you might like to […]
July 28, 2016

Avoid the Pitfalls of Private Student Loans

When I started college nearly 40 years ago, the costs of room, board, tuition and books at Rutgers were less than $3,000. I took out a loan for a little more than half the money, got help from my parents as well as small scholarships, and took  a part-time job […]
July 27, 2016

America’s ‘Best Connected’ Research University Is…

College is partly about connections, especially for students who attend a larger research university. This is one of the reasons that the most selective research universities are so popular with the best and brightest college-bound high school students. But if someone were to choose a research university for the undergraduate educational […]
July 27, 2016

What Causes Summer Melt In College Admissions?

The middle to end of July is usually a great time for a college admissions officer to take a vacation. High schools are typically out of session. Too few students are on campus to make campus events as worthwhile as they might be during the school year. But too many […]
July 20, 2016

What Is Diversity Supposed To Mean For A College Campus?

Since starting Educated Quest, I have visited well over 100 colleges. Each time I discuss diversity with a college admissions officer or anyone associated with student success on a college campus, I get different opinions about what diversity is. None are wrong. The most obvious definitions of diversity are the […]
July 19, 2016

The Case For And Against The Economics Major

Having worked around career development centers in my “earlier life” I learned a great deal about what makes a college graduate more “marketable” to prospective employers. Quite often students are drawn to an Economics major or a business program depending on the school. However, aside from Accounting and Information Systems, […]
July 18, 2016

Money Magazine Does Thorough Job On College Rankings–But They Cannot Be Your ‘Be-All, End-All’ For College Choices

Last week Money Magazine released its value-based college rankings. These relied on 24 measures in three statistical categories. I am not a statistician. But I do have some understanding of how to read and interpret statistics. I also know that, for example, a car magazine would not rank brand new small […]
July 13, 2016

The Bad College Essay

Last week I listened to a Webinar conducted by Ethan Sawyer, who calls himself “The College Essay Guy.” Sawyer is quite a performer, but he is also a very good writer and marketer. His advice is sound as well as entertaining. However, while he went to great lengths to discuss how […]