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 […]
April 4, 2016

Profile: Lycoming College (PA)

Last month I was invited to visit Lycoming College, a small (around 1,300 undergraduates) located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. If you’re a baseball fan, you might know of Williamsport as the home of the Little League World Series. However, it is also a college town with two colleges. Lycoming shares the community with […]
March 31, 2016

Could the US Department of Education Be Abolished?

I listened to Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz this week during the Wisconsin town halls on CNN. Senator Cruz has promised, if elected, to dismantle the Department of Education. His follow-up was to say that Common Core, which covers K-12 curricula in the 50 states should be abolished. He […]