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 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 […]
June 16, 2017

Four Things That I Would Say At A College Freshman Orientation

As graduating and recently graduated high school seniors attend their first college freshman orientation, the first time where they will meet classmates from other high schools, my thoughts turn to how they will be welcomed. I have attended only one college freshman orientation, my own at Rutgers. I remember only […]
June 15, 2017

Ten Questions for College Students with Physical Disabilities

There are many concerns in choosing a college–especially for students whose mobility is compromised by physical disabilities. While the newest college buildings on college campuses have been designed and built in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, most campuses also have older buildings that were designed over a century before. […]
June 14, 2017

Four Questions to Ask About Religiously Affiliated Colleges

Slightly more than a year ago, I visited Grove City College, a Christian-affiliated institution. Most recently, the college retained 92 percent of the freshmen who entered in 2014 and graduated 76 percent of the freshmen who entered in 2010. This is an excellent performance for any school of any size. The visit also led […]
June 6, 2017

Five Considerations About Campus Politics

During my freshman year in college, I covered campus politics for the Rutgers Daily Targum, one of the better college daily papers you will ever read. The stories of campus activism at Rutgers in the very late 1970s were much like they are on other campuses today, only there was […]
May 30, 2017

You’ve Got a Semester’s Worth of AP Credits. What Are You Gonna Do?

When I was in high school nearly 40 years ago there were three options for Advanced Placement: AB and BC Calculus and European History. I knew several people who took these classes. Most decided to repeat the class in college rather than test to get the AP credits. They thought that […]
May 30, 2017

The Senior Year is the Most Important Year on a High School Transcript

There are few things that I find really different between the current generation of high school students and myself when I was in high school. But there is one major difference; the way that senior year is considered in a college application. Back in “my day” most college-bound students had […]
May 30, 2017

Five Reasons to Be Concerned About Freshman Retention

If you visit regularly you might think that I’m infatuated with statistics, since I use so many in posts and profiles. Actually, I am far, far from the greatest of math-letes. But I try to find the numbers that should mean the most to any student and their family in […]

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