August 20, 2020

Some Tips for Collecting College Recommendation Letters

After visiting so many colleges I’ve learned many things about admissions processes. One is the differences between the ways an admissions office treats college recommendation letters. My suspicion is that college recommendation letters are not taken too seriously unless they are thoughtfully detailed on the positives or extremely negative. Some admissions […]
August 19, 2020

What is Direct Admission?

Whenever you visit a larger school you’re likely to hear this phrase Direct Admission.This practice  is not a new thing in college admissions. The engineering and pharmacy schools at Rutgers allowed it 36 years ago when I started college.Lately the opportunity for direct admission has asp extended into undergraduate colleges of […]
August 18, 2020

What Does a ‘Great’ Teacher Education Program Do?

Being involved with college counseling as well as writing I have to continually read about news, policies and trends in middle school and secondary school education as well as the offerings in teacher education programs. The outlook for public education, aside from “best” school rankings, is rarely positive, although it […]
August 17, 2020

Five Questions to Ask About an Engineering Degree

Those who visit Educated Quest often may know that  I generally favor engineering degree programs that offer opportunities to learn about the corporate environment and solve “real-world” business programs.. But regardless of the size of the school where you might pursue an engineering degree, there are five questions that you […]
August 13, 2020

What Does a ‘Great’ Architecture School Do?

I studied urban planning in college because I liked the idea of being around design, architecture and political issues that I might actually be able to resolve. I could draw well when I started college–my mother, a commercial artist and art teacher, taught me–but I did not have the science […]
August 13, 2020

Here’s Help for Students Interested In Off-Campus Housing

In pre-COVID times college sophomores, juniors, seniors looked forward to living in off-campus housing. They looked forward to the opportunity to live independently, not be tied to communal living like Greek life, and not be tied to a dining hall meal schedule. At some colleges off-campus housing might be the […]
August 12, 2020

The Good About the Ivy League

I’ve been an education writer for some time and a college counselor for a short time. In either role I have never perceived that the Ivy League schools are necessarily “better” than other colleges, whether they are liberal arts colleges or larger research-focused universities. These schools are too often considered […]
August 11, 2020

Online Classes Will Always Be Part of the College Experience

With the start of a new school year upon us in high schools and college, there’s little doubt that every student will have online classes. Parents and students complained, often publicly, about online classes in colleges. They asked: “Why should we pay the same tuition as we would if these […]
August 11, 2020

Is Selectivity Important in Choosing a College?

One of the worst reasons for choosing a college is selectivity. A school is neither “good” nor “great” because it denies admissions to the vast majority of students who apply. Choosing a college by how many people they reject would be like judging the quality of a car by the […]