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 2, 2021

A Guide to Career Services for Parents and Students

Career services offices have come under criticism in the education press. Prior to starting this site, I worked with college career counselors at over 300  schools of different types, two-year and four-year, liberal arts and pre-professional. The vast majority of college career counselors are caring and sincere people, and do […]
April 20, 2021

Could COVID Impact Transfer Admissions?

Our COVID reality has not only impacted admissions for future college freshmen. It is about to impact transfer admissions as well. Imagine being a sophomore in college, whether it be community college or a four-year school. Two or three semesters of your college education have been online. Your college has […]
February 8, 2021

The College T: A ‘Neutral Zone’ For College Connections

The College T is one of the newest Web sites where students can talk up college with college students. Originally founded to help Connecticut high school graduates during the pandemic, The College T’s outreach has now extended beyond The Nutmeg State. The current concept of the site is simple. College students […]
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 […]