January 8, 2018

College Costs That Can Creep Up On You

Whether you are early in the college prep and search process or are sorting between acceptances and financial aid awards, there are some college costs that you should be aware of that, without planning, can become unpleasant surprises. While colleges have become more predictable when it comes to managing the […]
January 5, 2018

Does It Pay to Go to College Far From Home?

I live in New Jersey, a state that most college-bound students prefer to leave for college. But when New Jersey students choose to leave the Garden State, they usually don’t venture far. New York and Philadelphia, across rivers to the north and south, are popular destinations. I get that. New […]
January 4, 2018

Can Football Success Make The University of Central Florida into ‘Another Ohio State’?

This past football season the University of Central Florida (UCF) had the best college team in Florida. I’m sure that the success of the Golden Knights elevated UCF’s national profile. I’m also sure that prospective college students watched the Peach Bowl and thought: “Wow, that’s a really  good team, and […]
December 14, 2017

The ‘Public Ivies’ for 2017-18

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 here about the Public Ivies, and have my […]
October 30, 2017

The Best Liberal Arts College Career Services Report

Can you get a job? That’s probably the most asked question of parents who visit a liberal arts college. One school that I recently visited, Hobart and Willam Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, hands parents and students a comprehensive career services brochure that answers this question quite nicely. This […]
October 19, 2017

College-Bound Students Must Write College Admissions Essays

College admissions essays are nothing like the usual writing assignments that a high school senior has been asked to do for teachers to earn grades. For those who do not like to write, they’re something to be feared. However, when a student has a combination of suspect grades and/or test […]
October 2, 2017

Which College Admissions Officers Have the Harder Job?

One of the more pleasant experiences of being a college advisor has been the opportunity to meet and chat with college admissions officers at all types of schools. For the most part they’re nice people, some more experienced as well as more knowledgable than others. But they all want to find […]
September 28, 2017

How Can College-Bound Students Prepare For College Level Math?

A Christopher Newport University dean once told a group of college admissions advisors and school counselors, myself included, that college students should take as much college level math as they could, until they got a ‘C’. For me that would have been Calculus I or Statistics II. Thankfully, I did […]
September 25, 2017

Does Community Service Matter in College Admissions?

College admissions officers, school guidance counselors and college advisors are often asked: “Does community service matter?” Talk to different people and you will get different answers. My answer : it depends. There’s no single definition of community service. It depends on the individual and how s/he wants to use their […]