February 9, 2016

What Should You Expect From Teacher Recommendation Letters?

When it comes to gathering teacher recommendation letters, I start with four words for high school juniors: ask for them now. Your favorite teachers need the time to write them, especially if they are also the favorite teachers for several of your classmates. There are two kinds of teacher recommendation letters: […]
February 8, 2016

The Secret to Future College Admissions: Keep Cool and Be Kind

In previous post I gave some good reasons why Harvard might not be the best university in America. Now I have another one. With the endorsement of several colleges admissions directors, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education released a report called: Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good […]
February 4, 2016

Mount St. Mary’s University and the Issue of Freshman Retention

One of the most important performance measures for a college is its freshman retention rate. The freshman retention rate is the percentage of freshmen who return for their sophomore year. The higher the freshman retention rate the more likely that: These students will remain to declare a major. A rising […]
February 2, 2016

Update: University of Maryland-College Park

The University of Maryland-College Park was one of the first large universities that I visited after starting EducatedQuest, and one of the best. I named the university a “Public Ivy” each year that I compiled the list, using different criteria each time. I had the opportunity to return to campus, […]
January 28, 2016

Is Harvard ‘America’s Best Undergraduate University’?

If there is a school that I have no reason to visit it’s Harvard. It’s not because I have already been there. It’s because Harvard’s brand image is probably stronger than the undergraduate education really is. Unless you’re a football fan who grew up rooting passionately for Notre Dame or […]
January 28, 2016

The Affordable Four-Year College: Is It Really What a High School Senior Wants?

With the start of the presidential primary season I keep reading the promises and diatribes from candidates on both sides about the “value,” or lack thereof, of a college education as well “reasons” why college “costs so much.” It’s very easy for a politician who has never run a college […]
January 19, 2016

Free Public College Tuition For All: Is It Even Possible?

I have followed, with interest, the debates between the Democratic candidates for President more than I have followed the Republicans. This is not so much because  I do not know how I will vote as much as the discussion of the costs of a college education. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) […]
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 […]