Educated Quest College Insights 

Educated Quest is the rare college admissions site that addresses perceptions of “sacred cows” in the college search. These college insights separate fiction from the truth. They help students and parents consider and compare colleges best fit to their interests and needs.

Educated Quest college insights are quite unique to Web sites that offer college admissions advise or college profiles. You will not find these college insights in college rankings books or the guides that you find on the shelves at your nearest bookstore. You will find them only here at Educated Quest.

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November 17, 2022

Consider Public Universities that ‘Own’ a City and a College Town

Boston, Massachusetts has been historically called ‘America’s College Town.’ I won’t argue with the designation. But Boston might not be the best place for everyone to go to college. Some might find it too cold, too expensive, or too urban for their tastes. However, if you’re shopping for a college, you […]
November 1, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill Admissions On Trial

I have been following the affirmative action cases under oral argument before the US Supreme Court. These cases involve Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Four years ago the Harvard case began its journey through the Federal court system. Back then, I wrote about Harvard, wondering why the […]
October 20, 2022

Seeking Truths About Test-Optional Admissions?

Test-optional admissions grew in practice at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are likely to be with us for years to come at many schools. I touch on test-optional admissions in my new book, The Good College. But I would like offer added thoughts for high school juniors and […]
September 25, 2022

Public Ivy Schools for 2022-23

The early fall has been the best time for me to announce my annual list of Public Ivy schools.  This is one of my most-read posts. I realize that some people may not like the phrase ‘Public Ivy’. That term was conceived by Richard Moll,  a former dean of admissions, to […]
September 13, 2022

Book Review: The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions

The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions is one of the newest, and more necessary, college advice guides around. It was one of the best college guides that I have read, because it presented new, unfamiliar viewpoints, at least for me. This is going to be a lengthy review. I had to […]
July 12, 2022

Getting To Know: The US Coast Guard Academy

I met Lt. Commander Anthony Borruso, Associate Director of Admissions for Recruiting for the US Coast Guard Academy at a counselors conference in May. Our conversation made me want to learn more about the academy. I also gathered some photos on Pinterest for you. Lt. Commander Borruso granted me a short […]
April 12, 2022

Getting To Know: Webb Institute (NY)

Webb Institute is the most unique college that I have ever visited. With just over 100 students– total– it’s also very small. There’s only one degree program: an ABET-accredited B.S in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Several schools also offer this degree as well as programs in Ocean Engineering. But […]
March 15, 2022

Getting To Know Union College (NY)-Again

I last visited Union College (NY) nine years ago.  I took advantage of the opportunity to attend a virtual counselors event so that I can give you an update. You can also check out my Pinterest page to see this beautiful campus. Union College is the fourth-oldest college in America.It […]
March 8, 2022

Getting to Know: Lake Forest College (IL)

Lake Forest College checks a few boxes for many students and parents who want a liberal arts college. It’s a small (1,600 undergrads) school with achievable admissions that’s close to a major city. Lake Forest College is 30 miles by car, one hour by Metra Rail, from Chicago. I earned […]
March 1, 2022

Getting to Know: College for Creative Studies (MI)

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) might have been one of my target schools if I was going to college in 2022. I wanted to design cars until I was 14. Unfortunately, there were fewer car manufacturers than there are now and fewer design studios. In 1974 a designer would […]