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 18, 2016

‘I Was the Worst High School Athlete Ever’ or ‘How Not to Write a College Admissions Essay’

I never had to use the Common Application when I was applying to colleges. Today, so many schools use it that it probably cannot be avoided when submitting a college admissions essay. Too often I see and read of high school students choosing this prompt (below) for a college admissions […]
January 15, 2016

How to Use Aggressive College Admissions Marketing to Your Advantage

College-bound high school sophomores and juniors have started, or will start to receive, attractive and colorful mailings from colleges and universities. Some will be college admissions marketing materials designed to help students consider a school, with more subtle messages to “look at our school, too.” Other college admissions marketing materials […]
January 13, 2016

University Status: Does It Always Matter?

Yesterday I read a news article in my local paper, the Trenton Times, that Thomas Edison State College, an adult-focused public college in New Jersey, has been renamed Thomas Edison State University. This followed recent decisions within New Jersey for two private colleges, Caldwell College and Georgian Court College to seek […]
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 […]

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