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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November 13, 2015

A College Ranking Based on Dollars and Cents That Makes No Sense

Yesterday I learned through peers in college counseling of a college site called StartClass.com that completed a college ranking based on salaries. The title of the story was Colleges Where Alumni Make Less Than High School Graduates.  Stories like these are nothing new. But what makes this college ranking different […]
November 12, 2015

Career Development Starts Early at the University of Maryland-College Park With a Credit-Bearing Class

Those of you who come to this site might know that I worked around college career development centers in my past life. Through these associations I have learned a great deal about how the resources of a college, and not only career development centers, can help students to find employment […]
November 11, 2015

The Politically Active College Campus

This week I have read, with fascination, accounts of the recents events at the University of Missouri. As someone who wrote a novel on antiwar activism I found that the outcome, including resignations of the university system’s two most senior officials, to be so different than the outcomes of events […]
November 10, 2015

The College Admissions Visitor’s Center and Your Touring Experience

There’s a saying that eyes are the windows to a person’s soul. It that’s true then the front lobby and waiting area for the college admissions office is the front door to most campus communities. Visit your friends in their homes and you can tell how they treat their property […]
October 20, 2015

A New College Admissions Portal, Not Yet Up, Already Misses Its Mark

College-bound juniors as well as their parents have likely heard of the Common Application, an online college admissions application. that has been the blessing as well as the bane of the college search. A new college admissions portal, shared by 80 colleges and universities, will offer a streamlined, and hopefully […]
October 16, 2015

Questions and Answers on College Residence Halls

Whether taking campus visits or considering acceptances, college-bound student decisions turn to where to live and who to live with. I’ve visited enough schools to be able to answer some important questions about college residence halls–they’re not called “dorms” anymore– available to first-year students, and how to select from them. […]
October 15, 2015

A Primer on 3-2 Engineering Programs

When I was in college I had roommates who were engineers. They used to tell me that freshman orientation talks had the line “look to the left, look to the right, one of you might be gone.” I have never liked this attitude towards education in any subject, especially the […]
October 13, 2015

The Best Private Liberal Arts College May Be….

This week I am traveling to visit several schools in New England. On Saturday I was the guest of a family that has a son attending Centre College (KY). As thanks I am reposting this piece while I travel–Ed. Those who visit this site frequently read my comments about college rankings. If you’re […]
October 12, 2015

College Admissions Marketing Cannot Overcome a College’s Location

I have previously documented how the purchase process for a family shopping for a college is like the search to find the perfect house, and how the college admissions office functions much like the sales offices of the homebuilders who attempt to sell new homes, with only a few models […]
October 7, 2015

Beware The Costs of College Admissions

College admissions officers want you to fall in love with their school—and preferably apply early.  For some college-bound families, and hopeful admissions officers, this means Early Decision, a commitment to the one and only “school of your dreams.” But for most this means Early Action, a chance to get an […]

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