April 2, 2020

Could Colleges Teach Everyone Online This Fall?

As our cities and states continue to practice social distancing, no one knows if colleges will teaching online this fall. Colleges face different issues teaching online during a fall semester than they would during the spring and summer. I’d like to share some thoughts as to how colleges might teach […]
March 26, 2020

Virtual College Visits: How Much Do You Learn?

You’ll notice that I’ve recorded a few virtual college visits over the past two weeks. I had been scheduled to see these schools in person, starting with Tufts.  Virtual college visits are often the first impressions that college-bound students get about different schools. But you cannot limit yourself to viewing admissions […]
March 25, 2020

College Search Considerations In a COVID-19 World

COVID-19 has upturned many lives. There’s no doubt this pandemic will affect decisions for college-bound juniors and senior. I raised a few questions, with answers to help. Please raise others. I will keep updating this post as I learn more, and will share more.  Are costs a major concern? Do not […]
March 23, 2020

Could More Colleges Go Test Optional Post COVID-19?

Last week the admissions office at Case Western Reserve University announced that the university would offer test-optional admissions for the next admissions cycle. This will benefit high school juniors who might be considering the school for their lists next fall. Their opportunity to take the ACT or SAT has been […]
March 16, 2020

Online Tools You Can Use When You Can’t Take Campus Visits

When it comes to getting first, or later impressions of a college there’s nothing like campus visits. But during these times there are other online tools, outside of my profiles and insights, that can help. If you have received acceptance letters, but have not decided on a college, check out […]
March 11, 2020

The Art and Science of Civil Engineering, an interview with Carmela Roberts

Civil engineering is an exceptionally demanding major, but it is also a major in high demand. Civil engineers design bridges, highways and many public spaces. If you live near a new housing development, the locations of the homes, roadways, sidewalks and driveways were not chosen or designed by an architect, […]
March 10, 2020

How Many Colleges Should Be On Your College List?

Last week I read about an unnamed private school that limits students and their families to nine schools on a college list. The school has a mix of students from wealthy and immigrant low income families. Their students have average SATs of 1450 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.7. […]
March 2, 2020

A Deeper Look Into Free Public College for All

This week New Jersey governor Phil Murphy proposed that our state’s free public college tuition program be extended from community colleges to the second two years at four-year public colleges.  The program, which will cost $50 million, is limited to students whose families earn $65,000 or less. In a spring […]
February 26, 2020

Can a Public University Drop Scholarship Intercollegiate Athletics?

I’ve always been a supporter of intercollegiate athletics under the right circumstances. Intercollegiate athletics offers opportunities for students to continue in their sport, and sometimes try a new one. They may also help to bond a campus community as well as town and gown. Four professors at Eastern Washington University […]