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

June 6, 2018

College Rankings Do Not Make a College’s Reputation

I’m always concerned when a media source tries to determine a college’s reputation by using a survey of a single target population in its college rankings. US News, for example, places unfair weight on the results of “reputation surveys” of school guidance counselors as well as senior college administrators. I […]
May 23, 2018

I Wish These Four Schools Appeared On More College Lists

It’s been seven years since Educated Quest went live with its first college profiles. These days you can find profile pages posted since the start of last year. However, I have visited over 150 colleges across most of our country, and have only now started posting updates. In reporting on […]
April 10, 2018

Will Villanova Receive a ‘Championship Bounce’ in Admissions?

For the second time in the past three years, Villanova University has won the ultimate prize in men’s college basketball, the NCAA Division I National Championship. Villanova is a great school, quite popular with students in Central New Jersey. So I decided to take a look at admissions data posted […]
April 3, 2018

How Can College-Bound Students Deal With the Wait List?

Invitations to the wait list are among the less pleasant surprises in college admissions. The wait list is not usually a reward for extraordinary achievement or a consolation prize.  It exists in case a college admissions office comes up short in filling a freshman class. The wait list might turn out to […]
March 9, 2018

Trade School: A Good Alternative to College?

Trade school, also called vocational-technical school, aka “vo-tech,” has been actively discussed as an alternative to college in the media, and not just the education press. A trade school might be more appealing to high school students who: Already have strong interests and/or skills in a trade that is in […]
February 28, 2018

Should A College Education Come With a ‘Money Back Guarantee’ ?

More and more opinion leaders in education, whether they work in the sector or not, have questioned the value of college. Some colleges have responded by offering their versions of a ‘money back guarantee’. No, the college will not issue a full refund on your investment in a college education, […]
February 28, 2018

Daytripper University Nails The ‘Musts’ and ‘Wants’ of College Campus Visits

Recently, I have had the privilege to collaborate with Daytripper University, a site that focuses on the ‘musts’ and ‘wants’ for families planning college campus visits. Founded two years ago by co-owners Bonnie Klein and Liora Yalof, co-developers of Daytripper365, a site that curates travel itineraries, Daytripper University has deployed […]
February 26, 2018

What is an Up and Coming College?

Last week I reported on Christopher Newport University, which could be considered to be an ‘up and coming’ college. It has dramatically expanded its academic programs and its attractive campus over the past two decades. It has also improved its retention and  well as graduation rates to the point where […]
February 20, 2018

Should Legacy Admissions Be Consigned to History?

Last week, The Atlantic ran a story that called for an end to legacy admissions. Legacy admissions practices have, on many occasions, helped children of alumni to gain admission to selective colleges. This article mentioned that about three-quarters of U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 universities give some preference […]
January 30, 2018

Which of America’s College Towns is Amazon’s ‘Best Fit’ for HQ2?

Amazon recently selected 20 cities and metro areas as possible sites for its second headquarters, all in or close to college towns. Few of these finalists have the land and infrastructure to accommodate an eventual 50,000 new jobs with a single firm, though all of them are likely to submit […]

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