July 18, 2018

Five Tips For Crafting Your Pre-Law Experience

Ask any college admissions officer about the “pre-law” program at their school. You will likely get the same answer: there is no  pre-law major or any other specific college major that is required for law school admissions.  Some colleges offer guidance than others. Siena College, located near Albany, New York, […]
July 16, 2018

Will the University of Wyoming Round Up More ‘Cowboys’?

Last week, the University of Wyoming launched an admissions advertising campaign under the tag line ‘The World Needs More Cowboys’. The original ad has a strong narrative, using the spirit of the cowboy from the Old West,  though the visual footage looks much like any other university ad that I […]
July 10, 2018

Five Tips For Submitting Graded Papers to Princeton University

Last week, Princeton University announced that all prospective students must submit a graded writing sample, preferably in English or History, as part of their application for admission.  While not the first school to ask for graded papers, Princeton University is the first to require them across a very large applicant […]
July 9, 2018

Has ‘Fly in Four’ Succeeded at Temple University?

Temple University is one of the more popular universities with New Jersey’s college-bound students who wish to leave the Garden State, ranking as high as sixth behind the University of Delaware, Penn State-University Park, Drexel, NYU and Villanova. I have profiled Temple before, but the most significant update that I […]
June 27, 2018

When Should You Do Summer College Visits?

College visits can be an exciting time, when they’re taken at the right time. I learned this over 40 years ago when my mother and I came to visit Rutgers during the summer after my junior year. Back then, my mother and I did the campus tour in her car, using […]
June 7, 2018

Seven Questions to Ask About Teacher Education Programs

Teacher education is one of the more scrutinized, and one of the most criticized, undergraduate degree programs available in colleges. Education pundits continually comment that degree requirements and standards for licensure are too lax, and that recent graduates are not adequately prepared to face elementary, middle or secondary school students in […]
June 6, 2018

College Rankings Do Not Make a College’s Reputation

I’m always concerned when a media source tries to determine a college’s reputation by using a survey of a single target population in its college rankings. US News, for example, places unfair weight on the results of “reputation surveys” of school guidance counselors as well as senior college administrators. I […]
May 30, 2018

Is a Graduate Business Degree Necessary If You Studied Business in College?

Binghamton University, where I recently visited, has one of the better organized undergraduate business degree programs around. Yet when I asked a panel of excellent students and a dean if they believed that they would need a graduate business degree for career success, the dean said that they would, in […]
May 29, 2018

The Eight Question Transfer Admissions Checklist

If you’re a college freshman, about a year ago this time you might have been excited to be heading to the college where you deposited, and moving on from high school. You never thought that you might have to navigate a transfer admissions process, and that you found the school that […]