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

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 […]
January 26, 2018

Could Early Decision Ever Go Away?

Early Decision is one of the more popular, and most loathed, practices in college admissions. The concept is simple: if you have a first-choice school, apply early. If you get accepted you must deposit, then withdraw all of your other college applications. Interestingly, few state schools offer the opportunity to […]
January 24, 2018

What if Early Action Went Away?

Early Action has been a popular way for college-bound high school seniors to apply to some of their favorite schools. Early Action is tied to an early application deadline (usually by mid-November) deadline. It is not restrictive. Accepted students can wait until May 1st to deposit. Its low risk for […]
January 22, 2018

What is the Classic Learning Test?

Late last week, a member of a Counselors Facebook group posted an article about the Classic Learning Test, an assessment similar in some ways to the ACT and SAT. I knew nothing about the test, so I decided to do a little research. Based on the Great Books for critical […]
January 10, 2018

Are Apprenticeship Programs A Good Substitute for College?

In June President Trump announced a plan to provide $200 million to the US Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship programs where “students can learn and earn.” As of June there were 505,000 apprenticeship positions in the US workforce. Fewer than 50,000 apprentices entered the workforce in 2016, before Trump […]
January 4, 2018

Can Football Success Make The University of Central Florida into ‘Another Ohio State’?

This past football season the University of Central Florida (UCF) had the best college team in Florida. I’m sure that the success of the Golden Knights elevated UCF’s national profile. I’m also sure that prospective college students watched the Peach Bowl and thought: “Wow, that’s a really  good team, and […]
December 14, 2017

The ‘Public Ivies’ for 2017-18

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 here about the Public Ivies, and have my […]
September 28, 2017

How Can College-Bound Students Prepare For College Level Math?

A Christopher Newport University dean once told a group of college admissions advisors and school counselors, myself included, that college students should take as much college level math as they could, until they got a ‘C’. For me that would have been Calculus I or Statistics II. Thankfully, I did […]
September 25, 2017

Does Community Service Matter in College Admissions?

College admissions officers, school guidance counselors and college advisors are often asked: “Does community service matter?” Talk to different people and you will get different answers. My answer : it depends. There’s no single definition of community service. It depends on the individual and how s/he wants to use their […]
September 12, 2017

Does DACA Have a Future Or Dark Days Ahead?

Last week US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that no new work permits would be issued under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program . The also announced that the program would end within six months, unless Congress takes action. Attorney General Sessions made the announcement with the full support of […]

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