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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Have a question on the college search or would like to know more about how to consider or compare colleges with my college counseling services? Contact me at stuart@educatedquest.com or call me at 609-406-0062

April 17, 2016

Community College or Branch Campus–Which is the Better Option?

College in who live in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin have the option of beginning their undergraduate education at community colleges or branch campuses of the larger schools. The costs of attending the community college are significantly lower, although the ease of transferring credits to the junior year is greater if […]
April 16, 2016

‘Risks’ of a College Education: Community Colleges Teach You the First Two Years for Less Money

Community colleges have been in the U.S. since 1901. Joliet Junior College (IL) was the first, and it focused on the liberal arts. During the Depression job training programs were housed in community colleges. They have been there ever since. The great expansion of community colleges happened during the 1960’s. More […]
April 15, 2016

Helpful Hints on College Housing

College-bound high school seniors and their families are at the home stretch where they must narrow down your short list to one school. Academics are certainly a consideration, so is comfort and fit. Part of comfort and fit is satisfaction with college housing. You will see that there are varied approaches […]
April 12, 2016

Is a Spot on a Wait List Worth It?

Three years ago Lynn O’ Shaughnessy, publisher of The College Solution book, Web site and workbook, posted an excellent column about the wisdom of the college wait list. Rather than copy the piece here, I’m going to link you to it and add some points of my own. Lynn’s piece […]
April 11, 2016

Careful Reading Those Financial Aid Award Letters

With acceptance letters comes financial aid award letters. These are just as important for college-bound seniors who must make their college choice by May 1st. Ideally, a financial aid award letter should tell you: The total cost of attendance at the school. This is tuition, fees, room and board and […]
April 6, 2016

A College’s Return on Investment is a Personal Calculation

I have read too many posts on the “payoff” of earning a college degree. The word payoff has also been used to explain the return on investment when one goes to college, over not going, or the value of going to one school over another. This might be applied to people […]
March 30, 2016

Accepted? Tips to Help You Shorten Your College List

Some of you may have smiles on your faces as letters and online notices of acceptances to college start coming. Remember the first time you made your college list? If you were wise when you made your college list, you might have considered: Academics–Does this school have what I want […]
March 24, 2016

Is a Three-Year College Degree Really Worth It?

One of the more interesting ideas in higher education that has been advanced by politicians is the three-year college degree. In fact, the governor of Ohio required each of the Buckeye State’s public universities to develop plans for three-year degree programs, even if it was unlikely that students would sign […]
March 23, 2016

How to Tell if a College Campus is Safe

Years before I started EducatedQuest I was an urban economic development professional in Newark, New Jersey working for a business-funded non-profit organization. I became, by chance, actively involved in college campus development issues (Newark has three colleges as well as a medical school and two law schools) and downtown security. […]
March 22, 2016

Take Personal Campus Tours of Your Short-List Schools

Every new school profile posted at Educated Quest is based, in part, on two campus tours. I goes on the same tour as parents and prospective students.  Then I take my own tour at my own pace. Parents and students should do the same, especially when they get down to […]

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