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

December 4, 2018

Small Universities That Change Lives-Update

Last month I wrote about liberal arts colleges that should probably be considered among the Colleges That Change Lives, but are not. In December I reported on the University of Scranton, a relatively small (3,600 full-time undergraduates) university that would be a good fit onto a list of Small Universities That […]
November 29, 2018

Colleges That Should Be Colleges That Change Lives

More than 40 colleges have been called Colleges That Change Lives since 1996. The late Loren Pope, former education editor for the New York Times, wrote the first three editions of a book by this name, and the book became a popular guide among parents, school counselors and college admissions advisors. After […]
October 23, 2018

What If Harvard Competed In Fewer Sports?

I have been following the Harvard admissions case during its first stop in the Federal courts. As more and more information about past admissions data and practices gets released to the public, I have tried to consider, win or lose, how Harvard might need to revamp its admissions process. Quite […]
October 9, 2018

Educated Quest’s Public Ivies for 2018-19

Virtually every college student as well as college-bound high school junior or senior wants to feel good about their college choice. They’re especially likely to feel better about their school if their college is among the ‘Public Ivies’. I have written posts about the Public Ivies, and have my own […]
September 25, 2018

HBCUs Have a Tough Time Playing D-1 Football

I recently finished reading a book about the 1968 New York Jets on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s only Super Bowl title. A look at their roster shows that seven players hailed from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Another, Billy Joe, later became the second-winningest […]
September 25, 2018

Who Should You Turn To For College Recommendation Letters?

College-bound seniors have the responsibility for sending complete applications for admission, including college recommendation letters. These are especially important at colleges that are reasonably selective. They have more applications than available seats in either their freshman class or a competitive academic program such as business, engineering or nursing. Some schools […]
September 20, 2018

How Did Rutgers ‘Move Up’ in US News’ College Rankings?

Rutgers suffered an embarrassing football defeat this past weekend at the hands and feet of the Kansas Jayhawks. But when it comes to the 2019 US News college rankings, there is much for the Rutgers community to cheer for. Their university has moved up to 56th among National Research Universities, […]
September 17, 2018

No College Offers a ‘Guarantee of Success’, Not Even Stanford

Stanford was one among my “dream schools” in high school. But when I got my first SAT scores, I told myself to keep dreaming.  I recently finished reading A Practical Education by technology writer Randall Stross, where I learned that a Stanford education offers connections and direction, but offers no […]
September 4, 2018

Which Extracurricular Activities “Really Matter”?

College admissions advisors, admissions officers and school counselors get many questions from high school students as to which extracurricular activities “matter” when applying to college.  Some activities can turn a student into a star, others are hobbies, and might stay that way well into adult life. But I don’t like […]
August 28, 2018

Try To Avoid Remedial Math In College

Remedial math instruction has been a fact of life for many who start at two-year or four-year colleges. Colleges have offered non-credit remedial math instruction to help incoming students become more prepared for the more demanding academic work that happens in the later semesters. Depending on how these courses are […]

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