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

November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and Got Deferred–What Should You Do?

College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they can admit through early decision, the faster they can fill their class. And they fill it with the students who have shown the most interest, as well as the qualifications to succeed. At many schools, even the most selective, the […]
November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and You’re ‘Out’. What Should You Do?

College admissions offices have already begun to notify Early Decision applicants as to whether they are “in,” “out,” or “deferred,” I’ve already discussed the steps that families may take if they are in or deferred through Early Decision. But what if they are out? Here are three tips to help: […]
October 9, 2018

Educated Quest’s Public Ivies for 2018-19

Virtually every college student as well as college-bound high school junior or senior wants to feel good about their college choice. They’re especially likely to feel better about their school if their college is among the ‘Public Ivies’. I have written posts about the Public Ivies, and have my own […]
September 25, 2018

Who Should You Turn To For College Recommendation Letters?

College-bound seniors have the responsibility for sending complete applications for admission, including college recommendation letters. These are especially important at colleges that are reasonably selective. They have more applications than available seats in either their freshman class or a competitive academic program such as business, engineering or nursing. Some schools […]
September 4, 2018

Which Extracurricular Activities “Really Matter”?

College admissions advisors, admissions officers and school counselors get many questions from high school students as to which extracurricular activities “matter” when applying to college.  Some activities can turn a student into a star, others are hobbies, and might stay that way well into adult life. But I don’t like […]
August 28, 2018

Try To Avoid Remedial Math In College

Remedial math instruction has been a fact of life for many who start at two-year or four-year colleges. Colleges have offered non-credit remedial math instruction to help incoming students become more prepared for the more demanding academic work that happens in the later semesters. Depending on how these courses are […]
August 28, 2018

Are You a ‘Heavily Recruited’ High School Senior?

If you are a college-bound high school senior, regardless of grades and standardized test scores, you have likely received at least one brochure or letter from a college that is interested in receiving your application—to the point where the admissions office will even let you complete it on their Web […]
August 22, 2018

They’re Not ‘Dorms’, They’re Residence Halls

Residence halls are one of the most frequently mocked aspects of college life. But they are also one of the most important considerations for any family that is sending a child away to school. Residence halls are not called dorms anymore. Young children live in dorms when sent away to […]
August 14, 2018

How to Make Early Admissions Work For You

Early admissions have become a common trend as high school seniors consider where they might want to spend their college years. If you can get your applications completed before Thanksgiving, chances are that you will receive at least one acceptance before Christmas.  Colleges offer one or more approaches to early […]
August 6, 2018

Five of the Ugliest Features on a College Campus

Visit any college campus, even one known for aesthetic beauty, and you will find several features that make them appear less attractive. These features have little to nothing to do with architecture, but they may leave you with doubt as to how much care is taken to help the community, […]

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