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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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 […]
July 23, 2015

The First Five Myths about College Admissions That You Should Know

Today, you will read about five myths that you hear or read about college admissions, as well as the truth. There are more than five, so watch for more posts throughout the summer. Myth Number 1. The best college for you is the one that will be hardest for you to […]
July 22, 2015

College Admissions and the ‘Cool Factor’

I am currently working on my First Impressions of the University of Cincinnati (UC), considered to be a “Hot College” by some media sources such as Forbes, U.S.News, PolicyMic and The Princeton Review for different reasons. Its not uncommon for a college admissions office to pull out the stops in its marketing material and […]
July 22, 2015

The College Admissions Process Is Like Buying a New House

Visiting colleges like a parent teaches you a great deal about the sales process that college admissions officers use to attract the best possible freshman class. It’s a sales process because the work that college admissions officers do is very much like real estate sales people do when they sell […]
July 20, 2015

Academic Advising and the Student-Athlete

I recently finished Cheated, an account of the academic “scandal” at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The events led to the resignation of the university’s chancellor as well as the firing of a head football coach. The most serious issue brought up in Cheated is that athletes, mainly football and basketball players were […]
July 14, 2015

Money Magazine’s College Rankings Try to Define Value

I’ve never been a fan of college rankings. But they are a necessary evil for magazine publishers.It’s more challenging to define the “value” of a college education than it is for a house or a car, or anything else that involves a long term financial commitment. As college rankings go, […]

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