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 11, 2019

Can You ‘Trade Up’ Through Transfer Admissions?

It’s very difficult to “trade up,” through transfer admissions into a more selective college than you entered the first time. But its possible, if you do your homework.   I recently had an online conversation with a professional acquaintance who had what I might call the “ultimate transfer admissions experience.” […]
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
February 4, 2019

TuitionFit May Help Students Lower College Costs

TuitionFit, a new entry among college search and financial aid Web sites, launched on January 1 with a simple concept: data sharing among accepted students may lower college costs. The site invites accepted students to share data from their award letters under anonymity. It helps them compare their awards with […]
January 30, 2019

Why Do Colleges Close Their Doors?

Last spring former NFL Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl champion coach Mike Ditka was a featured speaker at a dinner to try to save a college that was closing. It was not his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, but St. Joseph’s College (IN) where the Chicago Bears […]
January 23, 2019

Test-Mandatory Small Universities That Change Lives

Yesterday I updated a list of test-optional small universities that change lives that I started last month. Before writing my update, I had received comments on that post asking why some deserving schools were excluded. The main reason was that there were test mandatory. But test scores are not an obstacle […]