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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June 27, 2018

When Should You Do Summer College Visits?

College visits can be an exciting time, when they’re taken at the right time. I learned this over 40 years ago when my mother and I came to visit Rutgers during the summer after my junior year. Back then, my mother and I did the campus tour in her car, using […]
June 7, 2018

Seven Questions to Ask About Teacher Education Programs

Teacher education is one of the more scrutinized, and one of the most criticized, undergraduate degree programs available in colleges. Education pundits continually comment that degree requirements and standards for licensure are too lax, and that recent graduates are not adequately prepared to face elementary, middle or secondary school students in […]
May 29, 2018

The Eight Question Transfer Admissions Checklist

If you’re a college freshman, about a year ago this time you might have been excited to be heading to the college where you deposited, and moving on from high school. You never thought that you might have to navigate a transfer admissions process, and that you found the school that […]
April 18, 2018

Is An Undergraduate Journalism Education Worthwhile?

During my recent visit to Syracuse University I got to listen to a panel of undergraduate Newspaper/Online Journalism majors at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. Impressed by their diligence and college resumes, I asked them if graduate school was in their future. Possibly, they answered, but not in journalism. […]
April 3, 2018

How Can College-Bound Students Deal With the Wait List?

Invitations to the wait list are among the less pleasant surprises in college admissions. The wait list is not usually a reward for extraordinary achievement or a consolation prize.  It exists in case a college admissions office comes up short in filling a freshman class. The wait list might turn out to […]
March 9, 2018

Trade School: A Good Alternative to College?

Trade school, also called vocational-technical school, aka “vo-tech,” has been actively discussed as an alternative to college in the media, and not just the education press. A trade school might be more appealing to high school students who: Already have strong interests and/or skills in a trade that is in […]
February 28, 2018

Daytripper University Nails The ‘Musts’ and ‘Wants’ of College Campus Visits

Recently, I have had the privilege to collaborate with Daytripper University, a site that focuses on the ‘musts’ and ‘wants’ for families planning college campus visits. Founded two years ago by co-owners Bonnie Klein and Liora Yalof, co-developers of Daytripper365, a site that curates travel itineraries, Daytripper University has deployed […]
February 14, 2018

How Is Your College Application Considered?

This is the season when high school seniors who have not received the acceptances they hoped might be looking to send out another college application while juniors begin to consider where to send their first ones. At the same time, both wonder how their college application is considered, and whether […]
January 30, 2018

Your Financial Aid and Financial Need Are Not the Same With Every College

My friend, Lynn O’Shaughnessy, financial aid reporter as well as the author of The College Solution book and Web site recently posted a comprehensive piece on how different colleges consider home equity when then calculate financial need and aid. I encourage everyone to read this, not only because of the content, but […]
January 11, 2018

Should You Consider Test-Optional Schools?

Fairtest, a national non-profit organization that monitors and updates listings for test-optional colleges and universities, recently announced that there are more than 1,000 test-optional schools in the United States. The organization also provides a chronology of more than 200 schools that have de-emphasized the ACT and the SAT since 2005 […]

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