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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September 13, 2015

Why Do Colleges Use Six-Year Graduation Rates?

This is college rankings season when different “college guides” release their data based on how they rank. It really bothers me to see that these so-called guides use the six-year graduation rate, when they should be reporting on how effective colleges are, and have historically been, at graduating their students […]
September 1, 2015

What if a College Does Not Play College Football?

I just finished reading a very interesting book about college football, Billion Dollar Ball, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gilbert Gaul. This book talks about the costs of college football to larger universities, especially to fans, students and their families. This book will help anyone who hates college football to make a […]
August 31, 2015

What Do Standardized Test Scores Have To Do With the Quality of a College?

Last week I wrote an opinion piece about college rankings that received a little more attention than others that I write on EducatedQuest. I simply don’t believe that published college rankings should hold much sway in a family’s decision to choose a college. Today, I’ll cover an area that falls […]
August 31, 2015

A Value-Based College Ranking That Made Sense–for Public Colleges

Consumer Guide publishes one of the earlier college rankings you will find. Their value-based college ranking came out in June. Other publications wait until August or September. I found a copy of the June issue of Consumer Guide at my local Barnes and Noble this past week, so I took […]
August 26, 2015

College Rankings Are What They Are: College Rankings

The fall semester or quarter is upon us at colleges across the country. So is college rankings season. College-bound students and their families want to know which colleges are hot and which might not be. No doubt the discussions about college rankings will push the servers at College Confidential, as […]
August 26, 2015

Questions to Ask About a Public University Honors Program

I recently purchase A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs edited by John Willingham, and written with the help of a PhD statistician. While each public university honors program is rated in this book, the programs are not ranked against each other. That would make little sense. Different public universities have different […]
August 21, 2015

Are the ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ also ‘Good Colleges’?

Each year the Chronicle of Higher Education conducts an annual survey of Great Colleges to Work For. The survey covers employee (higher education, academic and professional) satisfaction with colleges as places to work. It’s not much different than the employer surveys of large corporations that appear in business magazines. A […]
August 20, 2015

The Drawbacks of Starting at Community College

I have always been an active advocate for better public education at the K-12 and college level. But too often I hear the words “they can always go to community college” as a solution for the next level of education, as if the four-year college is an unrealistic or unattainable […]
August 10, 2015

Choosing a College Is-and Is Not-Like Shopping for a New Car

Last week I made an unexpected purchase. I bought a new car. My travels to schools had put a lot of wear and tear on the one that I traded in. I have been a car enthusiast most of my life, though I really hate the sales process as well […]
July 24, 2015

Five Things That College Admissions Officers Won’t Tell You

College admissions officers by and large are very nice, and very helpful people when they can be. The best are quite informed about their school. They know the academic programs as well as the faculty. They have to. The faculty want to see students who are capable of meeting their […]

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