College Insights

EducatedQuest is the rare college admissions site that addresses perceptions of “sacred cows” in the college search through unique college insights. My college insights explain the fiction and truth on these topics to help students and parents consider and compare colleges best fit to their interests and needs. EducatedQuest college insights are quite unique to Web sites that offer college admissions advise or college profiles. You will not find these college insights in college rankings books or the guides that you find on the shelves at your nearest bookstore.

As you read these college insights and continue on the journey to college, keep two things in mind:

  • It’s a college admissions officers job to “sell” parents and students on campus and community; and,
  • It is also their job to “sell” services performed by people

Some colleges build community and perform services better than others. My college insights can get you started. My college counseling services  give you further insights, personalized to your student’s and your family’s interests and needs. Have a comment on any of these College Insights? Please complete the comment box after you read it.

Have a question or would like to know more about how to consider or compare colleges? Contact me at stuart@educatedquest.com or call me at 609-406-0062

March 26, 2020

Virtual College Visits: How Much Do You Learn?

You’ll notice that I’ve recorded a few virtual college visits over the past two weeks. I had been scheduled to see these schools in person, starting with Tufts.  Virtual college visits are often the first impressions that college-bound students get about different schools. But you cannot limit yourself to viewing admissions […]
March 23, 2020

Could More Colleges Go Test Optional Post COVID-19?

Last week the admissions office at Case Western Reserve University announced that the university would offer test-optional admissions for the next admissions cycle. This will benefit high school juniors who might be considering the school for their lists next fall. Their opportunity to take the ACT or SAT has been […]
March 2, 2020

A Deeper Look Into Free Public College for All

This week New Jersey governor Phil Murphy proposed that our state’s free public college tuition program be extended from community colleges to the second two years at four-year public colleges.  The program, which will cost $50 million, is limited to students whose families earn $65,000 or less. In a spring […]
February 26, 2020

Can a Public University Drop Scholarship Intercollegiate Athletics?

I’ve always been a supporter of intercollegiate athletics under the right circumstances. Intercollegiate athletics offers opportunities for students to continue in their sport, and sometimes try a new one. They may also help to bond a campus community as well as town and gown. Four professors at Eastern Washington University […]
February 14, 2020

Student-Athletes Must Check Out A Coach’s Commitment

Student-athletes took a new stage this week as  New Jersey native and former Dallas Cowboy star Drew Pearson blasted Michigan State’s new head football coach, Mel Tucker, on Twitter. Pearson’s grandson, Toren Pittman, had been recruited to the University of Colorado by Coach Tucker. The coach had told Pittman, a […]
February 8, 2020

I Wish These Four Schools Got On More College Lists: 2020 Edition

Over 18 months ago I wrote a post where I suggested four schools that should appear on more college lists.  That’s been one of my more viewed posts. It’s now time to given props to four more schools that I have visited.  None of these schools are exceptionally selective. But […]
February 4, 2020

Could the University of California System Go Test Optional?

The University of California System is one of the more interesting, and educationally successful experiments in public education. Most recently, a task force for the system investigated the possibilities for its schools to switch from test mandatory to test optional admissions. . The task force report advised against going test optional […]
February 3, 2020

A Data Dive Into a ‘Basketball School’, Gonzaga University

I’ve recently finished a novel written partly around women’s basketball. While submitting the manuscript to publishers, I pay attention to colleges that call themselves a “basketball school.”  To me a basketball school has to have strong programs for the men and the women.  Looking at the top 15 men’s and women’s […]
January 31, 2020

Will ‘Test Blind’ Admissions Work at Northern Illinois University?

This week Northern Illinois University announced that admissions will be test blind for the Fall, 2021 admissions cycle. All applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher in a college preparatory program will be guaranteed admission with no need to submit standardized test scores. The exception: applicants to the Nursing program […]
January 27, 2020

Should You Check Out Schools with Assured Admissions?

Want to get into the major you want, but not go through the headaches of college admissions? You might want to consider a public university that openly promotes assured admissions. Assured admissions means that if you meet or beat certain numbers in college prep—GPA, SAT/ACT score, maybe class rank—you’re in. […]

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