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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November 7, 2016

A Case For the Political Science Major

I am a self-confessed political junkie and have followed the electoral process for many years.  I totally understand, given the current presidential election cycle that many college-bound students might be apprehensive about careers and an education in government and politics. Today, as we head into the close of the cycle, […]
November 3, 2016

How Great an Academic School is the University of Alabama?

Today the New York Times ran a story about the growing popularity of the University of Alabama, not in the sports section, but in Education Life entitled How The University of Alabama became a national player. The thought behind the story is that excellent students from other states, even far […]
November 2, 2016

How Important Are Alumni Admissions Interviews?

Today, a Facebook friend shared an article in the Los Angeles Times written by a Yale alumnus, and former alumni admissions interviewer. He writes why he will no longer conduct alumni interviews. I occasionally see alumni admissions interviews being conducted in local bookstores and coffee shops. The interviewee is almost […]
October 31, 2016

Can Merit Aid Affect A Choice Between Similar State Universities?

There is a saying among North Dakota football fans when describing the rivalry between their state universities: If you want to work the farm, you go to North Dakota State. If you want to own the farm you go to the University of North Dakota. It’s a fair bet that […]
October 24, 2016

The ‘Smartest’ Power 5 Football Conference Is…

The powers-that-be who manage the major college football playoffs will soon be releasing their first rankings of teams; a few (probably 10 to 12) of the Power 5 football conference member schools still have a chance to be playing for the national championship. The Power 5 football conferences include the […]
October 18, 2016

Are Jesuit Colleges ‘Good’ Schools?

There are 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States of varying sizes. Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is the oldest. Wheeling Jesuit University (WV) founded as Wheeling College in 1954, is the youngest. These schools have undergraduate student body sizes ranging from just over 1,000 (Wheeling Jesuit) to more than […]
October 12, 2016

Are The Colleges That Change Lives ‘Good’ Schools?

There are many books you can buy that profile colleges and universities. Among the more notable is The Colleges That Change Lives.  There have been four editions of The Colleges That Change Lives since 1996; the most recent edition was released in 2013. The major purpose behind the book has […]
September 28, 2016

Six Conditions to Apply Early Decision to Your First-Choice School

If you are a high school senior or the parent of one and you’re at least a year into the college search, you have probably researched your options among several schools. Maybe you surfed the Web or ran through some college guides (hopefully our profiles, too) and visited a few […]
September 19, 2016

Is the College of William & Mary a ‘Public Ivy’ or ‘Duke At a Discount?’

Last week I “picked on” the University of Virginia and its non-resident charges. This week I would like to take a look at the College of William & Mary, a school that I visited several years ago before founding this site. William & Mary is a great school. It was […]
September 12, 2016

America’s ‘Public Ivy’ Schools That Play By the ‘Virginia Rule’

It’s time to bring back a regular post about Public Ivy schools. Last time I wrote such a post I evaluated large state universities, some historically called Public Ivy schools, by a “Virginia Rule.” Each school that I believed to be a Public Ivy had to charge less for all […]

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