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

July 22, 2019

Why Does The George Washington University Need to ‘Right Size’?

I have visited The George Washington University several times over the past three decades. It’s my wife’s alma mater. She gave me my first tour the year after we were married. The George Washington University is the best located college in America for anyone who wants to become involved in politics […]
June 4, 2019

A College Town With Growing Pains

For the past 16 years I have lived in a college town that probably never intended to be a college town.  Home to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) since 1935, Ewing is situated almost in the center between Princeton and Trenton. Between TCNJ and Rider University, located in nearby […]
May 13, 2019

An Honors Building and Hopes Rise At Rutgers-Newark

Rutgers-Newark recently hosted a Spring Reveal for the new residence/academic building that will be dedicated to its Honors Living Learning Community this fall. A formal dedication ceremony will take place in mid October. I had the opportunity to attend the Reveal through the Rutgers Alumni Association. I took a few pictures to […]
April 29, 2019

What is Your Total Cost of Attendance?

When students and their families apply for financial aid and make plans to pay for college, college costs should be represented as their total cost of attendance. What does total cost of attendance include? The charges that you see on a term bill: tuition and fees, room and board.  Costs […]
April 22, 2019

What Do You Need to Know About Merit Scholarships?

More and more colleges offer merit scholarships to prospective students, whether they need them or not.  Merit scholarships will be the most likely source to reduce college costs for many families because it is not tied to income, only academic performance or talent. Some of these awards require no additional […]
April 16, 2019

Here’s Another Way to Earn a Business Degree at a Large University

If you’re curious to know how food gets from farm to table, there is an interesting path to pursue a business degree within a large flagship state university.  Many public universities are designated as Federal Land Grant colleges as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, […]
April 8, 2019

Choosing a College-and a College Town

“You can live in a city any other time,” said the tour guide who led me and a small army of parents and prospective students around the campus of UMass-Amherst. She had chosen the home state university in a college town over Boston University or Northeastern University, and probably saved […]
April 1, 2019

Colleges Think About the Future, But Families Must Think About the Now

Colleges think about the future in many ways. They invest, or divest in academic programs and facilities. They add services to better help their students to succeed, and make their lives more pleasant on campus.  But sometimes the ambitious plans of a college are not well timed with the ambitions […]
March 19, 2019

Distant Revisit—Hampshire College (MA)

If you have worked as a college admissions advisor, you have probably heard a good “Hampshire College story” about a student or alumnus who has made good. A friend in the college advising world, Laird Durley, told me of a Hampshire graduate who worked on a dairy farm while she was […]
March 13, 2019

Today I’m Proud of My Public High School Class

Forty-one years ago I graduated within one of the brightest classes in the history of my Central New Jersey public high school.  As I read about yesterday’s unraveling news and Federal indictment around Rick Singer, Edge College and Career Network, the Key Worldwide Foundation, coaches who were bribed to endorse […]

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