April 17, 2016

Community College or Branch Campus–Which is the Better Option?

College in who live in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin have the option of beginning their undergraduate education at community colleges or branch campuses of the larger schools. The costs of attending the community college are significantly lower, although the ease of transferring credits to the junior year is greater if […]
April 16, 2016

‘Risks’ of a College Education: Community Colleges Teach You the First Two Years for Less Money

Community colleges have been in the U.S. since 1901. Joliet Junior College (IL) was the first, and it focused on the liberal arts. During the Depression job training programs were housed in community colleges. They have been there ever since. The great expansion of community colleges happened during the 1960’s. More […]
April 15, 2016

Helpful Hints on College Housing

College-bound high school seniors and their families are at the home stretch where they must narrow down your short list to one school. Academics are certainly a consideration, so is comfort and fit. Part of comfort and fit is satisfaction with college housing. You will see that there are varied approaches […]
April 14, 2016

What is a First-Year Experience?

With college acceptances comes invitations to programs that are part of every freshman first-year experience. Most of the schools that I have visited have a series of programs to help entering freshmen, and sometimes transfer students, become engaged in college.. Student affairs experts that I have met since launching Educated Quest […]
April 13, 2016

My Time on Campus: Stanford University

Stanford University is the most selective private college in the US as of the conclusion of this year’s admissions cycle. Less than five percent of the students who applied to Stanford were invited to become part of its Class of 2020. I had the privilege of visiting Stanford last year. I […]
April 12, 2016

Is a Spot on a Wait List Worth It?

Three years ago Lynn O’ Shaughnessy, publisher of The College Solution book, Web site and workbook, posted an excellent column about the wisdom of the college wait list. Rather than copy the piece here, I’m going to link you to it and add some points of my own. Lynn’s piece […]
April 11, 2016

Careful Reading Those Financial Aid Award Letters

With acceptance letters comes financial aid award letters. These are just as important for college-bound seniors who must make their college choice by May 1st. Ideally, a financial aid award letter should tell you: The total cost of attendance at the school. This is tuition, fees, room and board and […]
April 7, 2016

Mississippi Religious Liberty Law Spells Problems for the State’s Public Colleges

For several months I have read of state legislatures that have passed laws that allow individuals employed in public sector agencies as well as private businesses to refuse service to gay men, lesbian women and transgender individuals on the grounds of religious liberty. I have not put the words religious […]
April 6, 2016

A College’s Return on Investment is a Personal Calculation

I have read too many posts on the “payoff” of earning a college degree. The word payoff has also been used to explain the return on investment when one goes to college, over not going, or the value of going to one school over another. This might be applied to people […]