July 3, 2020

The Good and the Bad about Greek Life on Campus

Greek life is an important part of the campus culture at many schools. I have visited schools, Miami University of Ohio and Union College, among others, that host “mother chapters” of national fraternities. Ideally, students should be free to choose their friends and social setting, as long as they do not […]
July 2, 2020

When Big is Bad: The Disadvantages of the Large State Universities

Last week I discussed why big is better, the best things about going to a large state universities. Today I’ll discuss the disadvantages. If you’re from out-of-state, large state universities are rarely a ‘least cost’ option Admissions officers make no bones about this: Out-of-state students pay higher tuition and fees to […]
July 1, 2020

Questions to Ask College Admissions Officers During COVID Times

College admissions officers have “opened their doors” to virtual information sessions for rising high school seniors. In some cases these doors are also open to recently graduated students who might be wavering on their commitments to a college. At the same time more and more colleges are announcing their plans […]
June 30, 2020

Why It Pays to Go Big: The Advantages of the Large State Universities

Higher education has been taking it on the chin with the media and politicians, especially the large state universities.  I’m well equipped to discuss the good, as well as the bad, about these schools. Each can make for a fairly long post. I’ll stick to the good points here. Large […]
June 29, 2020

The Business of Choosing Undergraduate Business Programs

For the past six years I have worked with high school students who considered various undergraduate business programs. There are many very good ones. But don’t rely too much on rankings. They  fluctuate wildly from year to year.  But what should you rely on to consider undergraduate business programs? Undergraduate business […]
June 29, 2020

The Lure of Study Abroad

When I went to college I never got to reside outside of New Jersey. In my day far fewer students studied abroad, although college was much cheaper. But my loss is today’s students’ gain. Every school that I have visited offers study abroad. However, different programs take different approaches. There are […]
June 28, 2020

How to Choose a College of Engineering

I always like to visit the college of engineering at a large or mid-sized university, even though I was not educated as an engineer. My father and father in law were engineers, as well some of the college roommates. I heard about their struggles as well as their successes in […]
June 25, 2020

Listen to a Student’s View of Brown University

Brown University is a school in many dreams. Aspirants dream about Brown not only because it is in the Ivy League, but also because of its open curriculum. For over fifty years, Brown has probably offered the most flexible education that you can get at a mid-sized research university. Brown […]
June 23, 2020

Does it Pay to Attend a State University as an Out-of-State Student?

I live in New Jersey, a state that has a very good flagship state university.  But college-bound students love to become out of state students someplace else. New Jersey is a fairly small state, land area-wise.  It’s not like being from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh and deciding to attend Penn State. […]