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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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 […]
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 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 […]
March 11, 2019

Can You ‘Trade Up’ Through Transfer Admissions?

It’s very difficult to “trade up,” through transfer admissions into a more selective college than you entered the first time. But its possible, if you do your homework.   I recently had an online conversation with a professional acquaintance who had what I might call the “ultimate transfer admissions experience.” […]

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