College Search Tips

I have  many FREE college search tips on Educated Quest related to admissions, choosing a major, comparing schools, visiting college campuses, financial aid, impending education policies, internship and entry-level job searches, and much more!

You won’t find many of these college search pieces on any other college admissions Web site or in the books and magazines at your nearest bookstore. These tips are based on my campus visits as well as my experiences doing business with colleges and universities. These tips may help you consider academic programs or to do your homework to find your “best fit” schools.

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December 16, 2019

You Applied Early Decision and Got Deferred–What Should You Do?

College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they admit through Early Decision, the faster they fill their class.. The odds favor the well-qualified students who apply Early Decision at many schools,. But some are denied, others are placed in limbo and deferred. If you are dealing with a deferred […]
December 16, 2019

You Applied Early Decision and You’re ‘Out’. What Should You Do?

Early Decision applicants have been advised to whether they are “in,” “out,” or “deferred” at many schools. I have  already discussed the steps that families may take if they are deferred through Early Decision. I will now cover steps for students denied. Here are three tips to help: Ask yourself: […]
December 11, 2019

A Test Tutor Is Not A College Admissions Advisor

This week USA Today recently ran an article about a test tutor from New Zealand who built a business at age 17. It’s founder claims that it has grown to much more. Crimson Education, a firm that assists international students with essay and test prep, supposedly raised $20 million and […]
December 10, 2019

What Is The Best College For Someone Who Has Been Bullied?

I was bullied from grade school through the middle of high school. While you may read about bullying today in the context of race or sexual orientation, I am a  straight white male. I am Jewish, but I was never physically bullied because of my faith. I had crooked teeth […]
December 9, 2019

How Many Times Should You Take a Standardized Test?

Many college-bound sophomores and juniors will be taking a standardized tests that counts for the first time. A few will score so well, they will not need to take that test again. Most others will likely need to take it at least once more. But how many times is enough? […]
September 23, 2019

The Five Flavors of Early Action

Early Action is, when timing works, one of the fairest processes in college admissions when applying to many schools. It can also be an unfair process at a very small number of very selective colleges.  Early Action comes in five flavors, depending on the school. None obligate you to send […]
September 11, 2019

Financial Aid Tips for First-Time College Applicants

September marks the beginning of not only a new admissions cycle, but also the process of applying for financial aid. The process of requesting financial aid could be more complex. I’ll try to help you started on the financial aid process in this post, so read on! Who should apply […]
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 […]
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 […]

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