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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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 […]
August 23, 2016

Be Glad College Life Is Not What It Used to Be

Two weeks ago I saw Indignation, a movie based on a Philip Roth novel of the same name. Set in 1950’s Newark, New Jersey as well as a 1950’s version of a small-town Midwestern college campus, Indignation is the story of Marcus Messner, a Jewish college freshman who attends a small Ohio […]
August 7, 2016

So You Want To Be A College-Bound Olympic Athlete?

This is the week of the Summer Olympics, a good time to write a post on how a college-bound future Olympic athlete should consider colleges with Olympic-level competition in their future. This post will consider the individual medal sport athletes as opposed to team sports. It’s far from usual for an Olympian […]
August 1, 2016

What Is The Story Behind College Acceptance Rates?

If you’re a regular visitor to Educated Quest, you have probably heard the phrase “acceptance snob” to explain the desire for the best and brightest college-bound students to attend the most selective of colleges. But there are stories behind the numbers with college acceptance rates that you might like to […]
July 28, 2016

Avoid the Pitfalls of Private Student Loans

When I started college nearly 40 years ago, the costs of room, board, tuition and books at Rutgers were less than $3,000. I took out a loan for a little more than half the money, got help from my parents as well as small scholarships, and took  a part-time job […]
July 27, 2016

What Causes Summer Melt In College Admissions?

The middle to end of July is usually a great time for a college admissions officer to take a vacation. High schools are typically out of session. Too few students are on campus to make campus events as worthwhile as they might be during the school year. But too many […]
July 20, 2016

What Is Diversity Supposed To Mean For A College Campus?

Since starting Educated Quest, I have visited well over 100 colleges. Each time I discuss diversity with a college admissions officer or anyone associated with student success on a college campus, I get different opinions about what diversity is. None are wrong. The most obvious definitions of diversity are the […]
July 19, 2016

The Case For And Against The Economics Major

Having worked around career development centers in my “earlier life” I learned a great deal about what makes a college graduate more “marketable” to prospective employers. Quite often students are drawn to an Economics major or a business program depending on the school. However, aside from Accounting and Information Systems, […]
July 18, 2016

Money Magazine Does Thorough Job On College Rankings–But They Cannot Be Your ‘Be-All, End-All’ For College Choices

Last week Money Magazine released its value-based college rankings. These relied on 24 measures in three statistical categories. I am not a statistician. But I do have some understanding of how to read and interpret statistics. I also know that, for example, a car magazine would not rank brand new small […]

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