January 18, 2016

AdmitSee and the Value of Peer-to-Peer Marketing in College Admissions

Today’s USA Today had a story in the Money section about AdmitSee, a Web site where college-bound high school students could read successful admissions applications materials from current college students–for a fee between $20 and $150 a month. The high school students can also mentor the college students on how […]
January 18, 2016

‘I Was the Worst High School Athlete Ever’ or ‘How Not to Write a College Admissions Essay’

I never had to use the Common Application when I was applying to colleges. Today, so many schools use it that it probably cannot be avoided when submitting a college admissions essay. Too often I see and read of high school students choosing this prompt (below) for a college admissions […]
January 15, 2016

How to Use Aggressive College Admissions Marketing to Your Advantage

College-bound high school sophomores and juniors have started, or will start to receive, attractive and colorful mailings from colleges and universities. Some will be college admissions marketing materials designed to help students consider a school, with more subtle messages to “look at our school, too.” Other college admissions marketing materials […]
January 13, 2016

University Status: Does It Always Matter?

Yesterday I read a news article in my local paper, the Trenton Times, that Thomas Edison State College, an adult-focused public college in New Jersey, has been renamed Thomas Edison State University. This followed recent decisions within New Jersey for two private colleges, Caldwell College and Georgian Court College to seek […]
January 6, 2016

You Received a Merit Scholarship. What Should You Do?

More and more colleges offer merit-based versus need-based scholarship aid to prospective students, whether they need the aid or not. A college’s merit scholarship policy might not always be fair. But please keep in mind that colleges, like businesses and branches of government, have agendas. Why have colleges gone in […]
January 5, 2016

Public College Tuition Policies Touch All Politics

Given the interest in my post about the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, I took another look at the College Board’s table for in-state and out-of-state tuition at the flagship state universities in each U.S. state. I am amazed that states that have elected politically-conservative governors have managed to keep in-state […]
January 4, 2016

College Costs You Can Manage: Room and Board

Years before starting EducatedQuest I was a city planner. Among my first projects were housing market studies to determine if the either the local housing market had enough living options for a business that would move into a community, or if a proposed new residential development could be sold to […]
January 4, 2016

Why Are College Costs So High?

If you have been touring college campuses you have likely experienced “sticker shock” when you hear the rates for tuition and fees, room and board during the information sessions. Even the price of textbooks will make you wince. If you went to college yourself, you’re bound to wonder why the […]
December 30, 2015

How to Read Into Talk of a Tuition and Fee Increase

Yesterday, after writing my post about the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a reader sent me a link to an article about a proposed non-resident tuition and fee increase, which I also shared on this site. I recommend that any family considering one or more of the Big Ten schools read […]