College Search Tips at Educated Quest

Check out the many college search tips on Educated Quest. They’re  related to admissions, majors , schools, campus visits, financial aid, impending education policies, internships, 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. Tips posted on Educated Quest are based on 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 24, 2020

You Applied Early Decision and Got Deferred–What Can You Do?

College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they admit through Early Decision, the faster they fill their class. The odds favor the well-qualified students who apply Early Decision at many schools. But some are denied, others are placed in limbo and deferred. If you applied Early Decision, and got deferred, […]
November 23, 2020

Admitted Early Action? Congratulations, But Choose Wisely!

As the holiday season approaches college-bound seniors find good news in their mailbox, online or on paper. Early Action acceptances have arrived. Unlike Early Decision admissions, which require a binding commitment to a first-choice school, seniors admitted Early Action can take their time to review their college options, all the […]
November 5, 2020

Transfer Admissions Could Become a Risky Proposition

If you’re a parent or prospective freshman going through the college admissions process you probably see and feel much uncertainly ahead. Given concerns about COVID, remote learning and international enrollments, it’s reasonable to ask if the school that you choose this cycle will be the one where you will proudly […]
October 27, 2020

How Far Should You Reach On A ‘Reach School’?

What is a reach school? If quantified, a reach school is a college where a student’s high school grades and test scores are not likely to be in the top quarter of the previous year’s applicant pool. If you buy a copy of U.S. News Best Colleges, for example, you will see […]
October 25, 2020

Second-Choice Admissions: Second-Choice Major or Second-Choice School?

My journey has taken me to public universities of various sizes, some popularly known for a given academic program within their school. It has not been unusual, for instance, to hear that students chose Virginia Tech for their architecture or engineering school, the University of Maryland-College Park for journalism or politics, Miami […]
October 21, 2020

What is an Open Curriculum?

Over the past few years I have visited schools such as Amherst College (MA) and Wesleyan University (CT) that offer an Open Curriculum. An Open Curriculum is one where there are: Very few (maybe one or two) or no specific individual course requirements. You choose your courses (with some limits) and […]
October 20, 2020

College Costs You Can Manage: Room and Board

Years before starting EducatedQuest I was a city planner.  So, when I started visiting colleges,  I became more interested in housing for college students. Housing is one of the few college costs that could go up or down, depending on how astute students and families are, even at the point […]
October 15, 2020

How to Use Aggressive College Admissions Marketing to Your Advantage

These days college-bound students have received, attractive and colorful mailings from and emails from colleges. I pick up the college admissions marketing materials at every school that I visit. Some are very good. They answer practically every question that a parent or student might have about the school. Others fall far […]
September 29, 2020

TuitionFit Might Be A Great Starting Point For A College Search

TuitionFit helps cost-conscious parents and students begin their college search either before they apply to schools, or after they receive acceptance letters and financial aid awards. Suppose that your family knows that you have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC_ of $10,000. You also know that excellent grades might be the ticket […]
September 22, 2020

Meet A Valued Resource On Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are the best way for many students and their families to lower their college costs. I wrote a piece back in June about the right questions to ask about merit scholarships. But before you can ask those questions, you want to know which schools are most likely to […]

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