December 19, 2016

Deferred Admissions Still Mean Opportunity

College admissions officers like Early Decision or Early Action. The more students they can admit through these avenues, the faster they can fill their class. But not all applicants get accepted. Some are placed in limbo. Neither accepted nor rejected they are deferred for consideration against the larger applicant pool. […]
November 28, 2016

How Risk-Based Student Loans Could Conceptually Work

With the election of a Republican president as well as Republican majorities in Congress and among state governors much discussion has been raised about considering risk in student loans. While this is an unpopular concept among educational leaders, it is one that more conservative politicians and opinion leaders will give […]
November 9, 2016

Which College is the ‘Harvard of the South?’

The strongest college brand names in the US are probably Harvard and Notre Dame. I have never heard of a college being labeled “the Notre Dame of the South.” But I have heard of colleges that have been called “the Harvard of the South.” I’m not crazy about this label. Founded […]
November 7, 2016

A Case For the Political Science Major

I am a self-confessed political junkie and have followed the electoral process for many years.  I totally understand, given the current presidential election cycle that many college-bound students might be apprehensive about careers and an education in government and politics. Today, as we head into the close of the cycle, […]
November 3, 2016

How Great an Academic School is the University of Alabama?

Today the New York Times ran a story about the growing popularity of the University of Alabama, not in the sports section, but in Education Life entitled How The University of Alabama became a national player. The thought behind the story is that excellent students from other states, even far […]
November 2, 2016

How Important Are Alumni Admissions Interviews?

Today, a Facebook friend shared an article in the Los Angeles Times written by a Yale alumnus, and former alumni admissions interviewer. He writes why he will no longer conduct alumni interviews. I occasionally see alumni admissions interviews being conducted in local bookstores and coffee shops. The interviewee is almost […]
October 31, 2016

Can Merit Aid Affect A Choice Between Similar State Universities?

There is a saying among North Dakota football fans when describing the rivalry between their state universities: If you want to work the farm, you go to North Dakota State. If you want to own the farm you go to the University of North Dakota. It’s a fair bet that […]
October 24, 2016

The ‘Smartest’ Power 5 Football Conference Is…

The powers-that-be who manage the major college football playoffs will soon be releasing their first rankings of teams; a few (probably 10 to 12) of the Power 5 football conference member schools still have a chance to be playing for the national championship. The Power 5 football conferences include the […]
October 18, 2016

Are Jesuit Colleges ‘Good’ Schools?

There are 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States of varying sizes. Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is the oldest. Wheeling Jesuit University (WV) founded as Wheeling College in 1954, is the youngest. These schools have undergraduate student body sizes ranging from just over 1,000 (Wheeling Jesuit) to more than […]