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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April 10, 2017

When Is It Important to Be a ‘Helicopter Parent?’

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother, Anna, was a helicopter parent. She was influential in getting her son his first job after law school, although he was an indifferent law student. Roosevelt practiced law at Carter Ledyard, a Wall Street firm which still exists today, for four years, before pursing his true […]
March 29, 2017

Worried About Standardized Tests? Try to Faghedabowdem!

With all of the nervousness and concerned that I hear from parents and counselors about standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT, I sometimes wonder if poor scorers on preliminary tests such as the PSAT or the PLAN should consider a different strategy: pass on taking the more advanced […]
March 13, 2017

What Is a Party School? Here’s How You Can Decide!

Parents of college-bound students may turn pale at the thought of their son or daughter choosing a college that has been hyped up as a “party school.” However, the sources that label a college as a party school tend to be quite informal. Informal party school rankings often list schools […]
March 13, 2017

The Upsides and Downsides of the Public College Honors Program

Last week I paid a visit to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), our state’s research and technological university and got a preview of one of the better public college honors programs in the country. NJIT’s public college honors program is special because it offers academic tracks for students […]
March 6, 2017

What Makes a Great State University?

Read college guides and visit college gossip sites and you will get different thoughts as to what makes a “great state university.” Some people might tell you that it’s the school with the highest rankings or the one that is the most selective. While those schools receive the most attention […]
February 26, 2017

Why Should Academic Advising Affect Your College Choice?

Visit any college campus for an open house or take in a tour and information session and you will hear a few comments about academic advising. While academic advising is not the most discussed topic on a college visit, it could turn out to be an important reason to choose […]
February 21, 2017

College Costs Are Not Estimated the Same From School to School

In theory, when students and their families apply for financial aid and make plans to pay for college, college costs should be represented as the total costs for attendance. This would include not only the charges that you see on a term bill such as tuition and fees, room and […]
February 21, 2017

The ‘Power Suit’ is a Necessary College Cost

Last week, the Daily Targum, the campus newspaper at Rutgers University – New Brunswick reported that 40 college students were turned away from an undergraduate business school job fair because they wore suits of a color other than black or charcoal gray.  Reading the article, it appears that university administrators […]
February 13, 2017

Five Questions a Prospective Computer Science Major Must Answer

Computer Science is one of the more popular intended majors of incoming first-year college students. But the number who enter college intended towards the Computer Science majors at most colleges is far smaller than the number who declare the major in the sophomore year. The expectations of the freshman were […]
February 12, 2017

How to Work an Accepted Students Day

By now many college-bound high school seniors have not only received acceptance letters; they have also received invitations to the Accepted Students Day for at least one college that admitted them. Each year, colleges host an Accepted Students Day one or more times during their admission cycle to welcome prospective freshmen. The Accepted Students Day helps students and […]

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