August 10, 2020

Small Colleges and Pre-Professional Degree Programs

When it comes to academics, college students face two concerns, regardless of their major. The first is classroom size, the second is how well major will prepare them for life after college. Students may be tempted to try to find the best of both worlds by choosing from among the […]
August 6, 2020

The Double Whammy of Unpaid Internships

College-bound students are likely to be pressured earlier into career-related decisions. One such pressure is to take on an unpaid internship.  The hook is that the unpaid internship be credit-bearing. In effect the intern pays their school for the privilege of gaining valuable work experience. This is the “double-whammy” of unpaid internships. These […]
August 5, 2020

I’ve Come to Appreciate Liberal Arts Colleges

My college education, as well as graduate school, took place at big public universities. Although I did get into some private schools when I was pursuing advanced degrees, I went with the publics. They were the financially feasible option at the time. I never gave the small liberal arts colleges a […]
August 4, 2020

Who Should Plan for a ‘13th Year’ or Other Alternative to College?

As a college admissions advisor, my job is to help high school students find their best fit colleges. But sometimes the best fit college might not be college. That ’13th Year’ might be something else, where other experts need to help. Dr. Teri Solochek, PhD, partner in the SC Group […]
August 3, 2020
Rutgers-New Brunswick opens many gates to learning

You’re From New Jersey, But You Don’t Want to Go To Rutgers?

Living in Central New Jersey I frequently bump into high school students who are looking forward to going to Delaware, James Madison and many other schools. I always ask if they considered Rutgers. They always tell me no. They thought that the school was too big or too close to […]
July 30, 2020

What Do ‘Good’ College Career Counselors Do?

Career services offices have come under criticism in the education press. Prior to starting this site, I worked with college career counselors at over 300 schools of different types, two-year and four-year, liberal arts and pre-professional. The vast majority of college career counselors are caring and sincere people, and do […]
July 29, 2020

What Kind of College is a ‘Target School’?

Unlike most education writers and college counselors I come to my work from experiences around career counselors at hundreds of colleges and universities. I believe that I have a good perspective of the schools that have had success at helping their students begin the career they want. Some of these […]
July 28, 2020
Rutgers-New Brunswick opens many gates to learning

A Student Talks Up Rutgers-New Brunswick

The Rutgers-New Brunswick that I attended in the late 1970s/early 1980s is not the same school where I earned my MBA in the early 1990s. And no way is it the same Rutgers-New Brunswick current students attend today. Whenever you’re an alumnus of a college and you talk to a […]
July 27, 2020

Considering Non-Portfolio Design Schools

Admission to some art and design schools requires a portfolio of work prepared while in high school. But admission to others does not. Entering an art or design school with little to no previous exposure to the field can be a tremendously risky proposition. But it is not unusual to find […]