June 8, 2016

Why Do Standardized Tests Exist for College Admissions?

As a college advisor I am often asked why standardized tests exist for college admissions, even as more colleges have become test-optional, with small numbers becoming test blind or test flexible. I have come to realize that colleges have reasons for requiring prospective students to take standardized tests, especially many where […]
May 25, 2016

Dear Colleges, Here’s How To Shore Up Your Campus Tours

At the beginning of this month I went on one of the very best campus tours that I have ever taken at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. Interestingly, I did not need to sign up in advance, just show up at the reception desk where the tour […]
May 25, 2016

Tuition Discounts vs. ‘Every Day Low Prices’

Recently, you might have seen several stories about record tuition discounts, especially among private liberal arts colleges. Tuition discounts have become a serious issue at many colleges. I have read of some where an average discount could be more than half of direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board). Another […]
May 24, 2016

How Far Should You Reach On A ‘Reach School’?

College-bound juniors who are about to enter their senior year have often started to make their first college lists, often with “reach schools” that they have yet to visit. The summer might be the best time to do some homework before selecting which reach schools will receive an application. What is […]
May 24, 2016

Year Up Offers School to Work Solution

For the past two years I have gotten to know college access professionals in the Philadelphia area. This is a fairly large community though it is possible to meet many people through the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable. Last week I spent some time talking with staff at Year Up, an […]
May 17, 2016

‘Back A Boiler’ Is Interesting Financial Alternative for Purdue University Students

About four years ago I visited Purdue University, a charter member of the Big Ten as well as one of the leading research universities in the United States, especially in the sciences and engineering. Last week, I read a USA Today story about an interesting approach to financial aid at […]
May 11, 2016

Why Have Women’s Colleges Gone Coed?

  Today I am visiting Chatham University (PA), a small school, formerly all-female for undergraduate education, that completed its first year as a coeducational institution. This has not been an uncommon transition for women’s colleges. Connecticut College, which I visited about three weeks ago, went through it in 1970. So […]
May 6, 2016

College Admissions for Freshmen Go Past May 2nd

This week Monday was “D-Day” aka “Decision Day” or “Deposit Day” for college-bound high school students, their parents and college admissions counselors. However, that does not mean that the college admissions cycle for freshmen is totally closed. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released its College Openings Update, which […]
May 5, 2016

Four Myths About the Entry Level Job Market

Too many journalists, education reporters or not, have spent too much time and copy space on stories that question the “value” of a college education as a matter of costs as well as preparation for the entry level job market. What they fail to report is that the entry level job […]