July 13, 2016

Making State Universities Cheaper Will Not Necessarily Make Them Better

The North Carolina legislature has passed a measure calling for three of its state universities to charge in-state tuition of no more than $500 per semester at three campuses: Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Western Carolina University beginning in 2018. Out-of-state tuition at these three […]
May 17, 2016

‘Back A Boiler’ Is Interesting Financial Alternative for Purdue University Students

About four years ago I visited Purdue University, a charter member of the Big Ten as well as one of the leading research universities in the United States, especially in the sciences and engineering. Last week, I read a USA Today story about an interesting approach to financial aid at […]
May 2, 2016

My Time on Campus: Amherst College (MA)

Amherst College was the third New England school that I visited, though I spent only three hours there, mainly taking the campus tour and sitting in a crowded information session in a conference room. Amherst is one of the most selective (less than 15 percent of those who applied for […]
April 27, 2016

UMaine’s Flagship Match Might Boost Non-Resident Student Recruitment

Next year the University of Maine (UMaine) launches a program called Flagship Match. Admitted students who come from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will pay no more in tuition and fees than they would pay to attend their flagship state university. There is a provision: they must have […]
April 22, 2016

Will More Colleges Practice ‘Test Blind’ Admissions?

Last week I paid a visit to Hampshire College (MA), the only college in the U.S that practices “test blind” admissions. Test blind means that standardized test scores are not considered at all during the admissions process. Applicants need not bother to submit them. No one in the admissions office […]
April 13, 2016

My Time on Campus: Stanford University

Stanford University is the most selective private college in the US as of the conclusion of this year’s admissions cycle. Less than five percent of the students who applied to Stanford were invited to become part of its Class of 2020. I had the privilege of visiting Stanford last year. I […]
March 30, 2016

The University of California System is Not a System at All

This week I have read a story that the University of California system has supposedly relaxed admissions standards for non-residents who wanted to attend its member schools. While you might not read such a story about university systems in states such as Delaware, Michigan, Vermont and Virginia that have historically […]
March 29, 2016

The Good College President Revisited

Last year I wrote a post about The Good College President. Most recent travels have led me to write a new one. Last week I visited Lycoming College, a small (1,400 undergraduate) liberal arts college located in the heart of central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the […]
February 2, 2016

Update: University of Maryland-College Park

The University of Maryland-College Park was one of the first large universities that I visited after starting EducatedQuest, and one of the best. I named the university a “Public Ivy” each year that I compiled the list, using different criteria each time. I had the opportunity to return to campus, […]