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

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 […]
January 9, 2018

Make Sure You Can Get the College Major You Want

The choice of a college major can often have an influence on the choice of a college. However, its important to make sure that the admissions process at each school on your list allows your student to have a fair chance at being accepted to both. More than other colleges, […]
January 8, 2018

College Costs That Can Creep Up On You

Whether you are early in the college prep and search process or are sorting between acceptances and financial aid awards, there are some college costs that you should be aware of that, without planning, can become unpleasant surprises. While colleges have become more predictable when it comes to managing the […]
January 5, 2018

Does It Pay to Go to College Far From Home?

I live in New Jersey, a state that most college-bound students prefer to leave for college. But when New Jersey students choose to leave the Garden State, they usually don’t venture far. New York and Philadelphia, across rivers to the north and south, are popular destinations. I get that. New […]
October 19, 2017

College-Bound Students Must Write College Admissions Essays

College admissions essays are nothing like the usual writing assignments that a high school senior has been asked to do for teachers to earn grades. For those who do not like to write, they’re something to be feared. However, when a student has a combination of suspect grades and/or test […]
October 2, 2017

Which College Admissions Officers Have the Harder Job?

One of the more pleasant experiences of being a college advisor has been the opportunity to meet and chat with college admissions officers at all types of schools. For the most part they’re nice people, some more experienced as well as more knowledgable than others. But they all want to find […]
June 22, 2017

The Alumni Relations Office Must Be a Stop on Every Campus Visit

One thing you will never learn about from a campus visit is the relationship that a college or university has with its alumni. You should ask about this. While the schools provide alumni giving rates to U.S. News and other media, that is only one picture of how they stay […]
June 21, 2017

The ‘Kiss’ Concept for Campus Visits

I’m in Southern California, home to many professional sports teams that you might know well: the Dodgers, the Rams, the UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, for starters. But I could not forget the  Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League, a team that folded last season . The Kiss made me […]
June 19, 2017

What Are Holistic Admissions?

Families of college-bound seniors have no doubt heard the term “holistic admissions” many times. Families of sophomores and juniors will be hearing it more and more often as they build their lists of schools and plan college visits. Holistic admissions means that admissions officers consider the “whole picture” of a […]

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