October 21, 2015

A Dumb Idea for Campus Safety: Concealed Carry

In August,1966 a gunman named Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clock tower at the University of Texas-Austin with three rifles, two pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun. He fired shots at 43 people, killing 13. The shooting was the first on a college campus, and it hit the physical […]
October 20, 2015

A New College Admissions Portal, Not Yet Up, Already Misses Its Mark

College-bound juniors as well as their parents have likely heard of the Common Application, an online college admissions application. that has been the blessing as well as the bane of the college search. A new college admissions portal, shared by 80 colleges and universities, will offer a streamlined, and hopefully […]
October 16, 2015

Questions and Answers on College Residence Halls

Whether taking campus visits or considering acceptances, college-bound student decisions turn to where to live and who to live with. I’ve visited enough schools to be able to answer some important questions about college residence halls–they’re not called “dorms” anymore– available to first-year students, and how to select from them. […]
October 15, 2015

A Primer on 3-2 Engineering Programs

When I was in college I had roommates who were engineers. They used to tell me that freshman orientation talks had the line “look to the left, look to the right, one of you might be gone.” I have never liked this attitude towards education in any subject, especially the […]
October 14, 2015

The Original Public Ivy Schools–30 Years Later

For the past three years I have published my own Public Ivy list. Each year, just like U.S. News, I changed the methodology for my list based on what I had learned on my journeys to colleges. Even though the Public Ivy list has been one of my most popular posts, […]
October 13, 2015

The Best Private Liberal Arts College May Be….

This week I am traveling to visit several schools in New England. On Saturday I was the guest of a family that has a son attending Centre College (KY). As thanks I am reposting this piece while I travel–Ed. Those who visit this site frequently read my comments about college rankings. If you’re […]
October 12, 2015

College Admissions Marketing Cannot Overcome a College’s Location

I have previously documented how the purchase process for a family shopping for a college is like the search to find the perfect house, and how the college admissions office functions much like the sales offices of the homebuilders who attempt to sell new homes, with only a few models […]
October 7, 2015

Beware The Costs of College Admissions

College admissions officers want you to fall in love with their school—and preferably apply early.  For some college-bound families, and hopeful admissions officers, this means Early Decision, a commitment to the one and only “school of your dreams.” But for most this means Early Action, a chance to get an […]
October 5, 2015

The ‘Best’ School in the U.S. News Best Colleges Guide

The good stuff in the U.S. News Best Colleges guide is not in the rankings. It’s early in the book, pages 16 through 25. The chapter is called Headed for Success. In this chapter you find out which schools appearing in the U.S. News Best Colleges guide have the best programs for: […]