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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July 13, 2016

The Bad College Essay

Last week I listened to a Webinar conducted by Ethan Sawyer, who calls himself “The College Essay Guy.” Sawyer is quite a performer, but he is also a very good writer and marketer. His advice is sound as well as entertaining. However, while he went to great lengths to discuss how […]
July 7, 2016

The ‘Best Colleges’ in Forbes College Rankings Might Be…

I have not, and will probably never be, a fan of Forbes college rankings. I could have made their list with less time and money by matching up selectivity and endowment per student to come up with a set of “best colleges.” The exception that I might have had to consider […]
June 22, 2016

The Perils of Risk-Based Student Loans

Among the few indications of a higher education policy from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a proposal for “risk based” student loans managed by lenders instead of the colleges. The concept of risk-based student loans is that students who are more likely to repay their loans would be […]
June 20, 2016

What Could Happen If Colleges Closed Down Fraternities and Sororities?

I did not participate in Greek life in college though I knew many people who did. Those people told me that fraternities and sororities were fun. They were groups that could live together largely unsupervised by the university. Brothers and sisters could meet others (usually the opposite sex) more easily, especially at […]
June 20, 2016

What is an Open Curriculum?

Last week I paid a visit to Wesleyan University (CT) one of a small number of colleges that offers an Open Curriculum. An Open Curriculum is one where there are: Very few (maybe one or two) or no specific individual course requirements. You choose your courses (with some limits) and they […]
June 20, 2016

When Does It Pay to Consider Bachelors-Masters Programs?

I recently posted my First Impressions about Arcadia University, school that, among others, offers several options to earn a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree together within five years. These Bachelors-Masters programs in areas such as business, education, international studies and more are quite common in higher education. It is sometimes difficult for […]
June 10, 2016

Why Do Colleges Have General Education Requirements?

Whether you are a graduating senior about to attend college or a junior considering which college to attend, you should a college’s General Education requirements. These are courses that everyone, regardless of their major, must take in order to complete their degree. They will usually represent one-quarter to one-third of the total […]
June 8, 2016

Why Do Standardized Tests Exist for College Admissions?

As a college advisor I am often asked why standardized tests exist for college admissions, even as more colleges have become test-optional, with small numbers becoming test blind or test flexible. I have come to realize that colleges have reasons for requiring prospective students to take standardized tests, especially many where […]
May 25, 2016

Dear Colleges, Here’s How To Shore Up Your Campus Tours

At the beginning of this month I went on one of the very best campus tours that I have ever taken at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. Interestingly, I did not need to sign up in advance, just show up at the reception desk where the tour […]
May 25, 2016

Tuition Discounts vs. ‘Every Day Low Prices’

Recently, you might have seen several stories about record tuition discounts, especially among private liberal arts colleges. Tuition discounts have become a serious issue at many colleges. I have read of some where an average discount could be more than half of direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board). Another […]

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