November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and You’re ‘In’. Now What Do You Do?

In the coming weeks college-bound students who applied Early Decision (aka ‘ED’) to their first-choice school should be receiving notice: ‘In’, ‘Out’ or quite often ‘Deferred’. In this post I will presume that students who have applied Early Decision and their families have done their homework before submitting their applications […]
October 23, 2018

What If Harvard Competed In Fewer Sports?

I have been following the Harvard admissions case during its first stop in the Federal courts. As more and more information about past admissions data and practices gets released to the public, I have tried to consider, win or lose, how Harvard might need to revamp its admissions process. Quite […]
October 9, 2018

Educated Quest’s Public Ivies for 2018-19

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 about the Public Ivies, and have my own […]
September 25, 2018

HBCUs Have a Tough Time Playing D-1 Football

I recently finished reading a book about the 1968 New York Jets on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s only Super Bowl title. A look at their roster shows that seven players hailed from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Another, Billy Joe, later became the second-winningest […]
September 25, 2018

Who Should You Turn To For College Recommendation Letters?

College-bound seniors have the responsibility for sending complete applications for admission, including college recommendation letters. These are especially important at colleges that are reasonably selective. They have more applications than available seats in either their freshman class or a competitive academic program such as business, engineering or nursing. Some schools […]
September 20, 2018
Rutgers-New Brunswick opens many gates to learning

How Did Rutgers ‘Move Up’ in US News’ College Rankings?

Rutgers suffered an embarrassing football defeat this past weekend at the hands and feet of the Kansas Jayhawks. But when it comes to the 2019 US News college rankings, there is much for the Rutgers community to cheer for. Their university has moved up to 56th among National Research Universities, […]
September 17, 2018

No College Offers a ‘Guarantee of Success’, Not Even Stanford

Stanford was one among my “dream schools” in high school. But when I got my first SAT scores, I told myself to keep dreaming.  I recently finished reading A Practical Education by technology writer Randall Stross, where I learned that a Stanford education offers connections and direction, but offers no […]
September 4, 2018

Which Extracurricular Activities “Really Matter”?

College admissions advisors, admissions officers and school counselors get many questions from high school students as to which extracurricular activities “matter” when applying to college.  Some activities can turn a student into a star, others are hobbies, and might stay that way well into adult life. But I don’t like […]
August 28, 2018

Try To Avoid Remedial Math In College

Remedial math instruction has been a fact of life for many who start at two-year or four-year colleges. Colleges have offered non-credit remedial math instruction to help incoming students become more prepared for the more demanding academic work that happens in the later semesters. Depending on how these courses are […]