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

January 6, 2016

You Received a Merit Scholarship. What Should You Do?

More and more colleges offer merit-based versus need-based scholarship aid to prospective students, whether they need the aid or not. A college’s merit scholarship policy might not always be fair. But please keep in mind that colleges, like businesses and branches of government, have agendas. Why have colleges gone in […]
January 4, 2016

College Costs You Can Manage: Room and Board

Years before starting EducatedQuest I was a city planner. Among my first projects were housing market studies to determine if the either the local housing market had enough living options for a business that would move into a community, or if a proposed new residential development could be sold to […]
January 4, 2016

Why Are College Costs So High?

If you have been touring college campuses you have likely experienced “sticker shock” when you hear the rates for tuition and fees, room and board during the information sessions. Even the price of textbooks will make you wince. If you went to college yourself, you’re bound to wonder why the […]
December 30, 2015

How to Read Into Talk of a Tuition and Fee Increase

Yesterday, after writing my post about the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a reader sent me a link to an article about a proposed non-resident tuition and fee increase, which I also shared on this site. I recommend that any family considering one or more of the Big Ten schools read […]
December 28, 2015

The Best Choice of State Universities is in…

I’m entering the fifth year of operating EducatedQuest. On this continuing journey I have had the opportunity to visit the flagship state universities as well as other fine public options in 14 states. I hope to add a few more in 2016, starting with schools that are of interest to […]
December 22, 2015

The Three Most Misused Terms in College Admissions

As we head into the holiday season, then the presidential primary season, I would like to discuss three terms that you might hear often that are tied to college admissions: College Accessibility, College Affordability and College Readiness. I’m bothered by how these terms have been misused by the current mix […]
December 14, 2015

Food for Thought About the College Dining Hall

If you come to this site and you went to college you might remember the first meals that you had on campus. You might remember those meals in the college dining hall fondly–or not so fondly. But the meal choices and settings for dining in today’s college dining hall are […]
December 2, 2015

The Gap Year: The Best Way to Step Into College Might Be to Step Out for a Short While

While it is common and popular for high school seniors to begin a journey to college. many would be better off taking a detour through a gap year. A gap year, according to the Princeton (NJ)-based Center for Interim Programs, is a  focused, finite period of time in which an individual […]
November 20, 2015

Fearless Predictions Around the New SAT

Yesterday I attended a presentation delivered by a representative of the College Board that offered a very thorough explanation of the infrastructure around the New SAT. While the first test date for the New SAT is not until March, the PSAT tests delivered to students in the eighth and ninth […]
November 18, 2015

The Good That Comes from Major College Football

Among college counselors I would take it as a complement if I was considered to be the “pro football” counselor. That does not mean that I am a fan of the NFL, though I am. It means that I understand that college football brings considerable good to the life on […]

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