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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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 […]
September 18, 2020

How Many Colleges Should Be On Your College List?

In working with my college-bound clients I consider the college list relative to the student and what they’re looking for. It’s one thing when the student and parents are seeking admission to a very selective small or mid-sized college. It’s quite common for students who are interested in a liberal […]
September 15, 2020

Early Action Comes in Five Flavors

Early Action is, when timing works, one of the fairest processes in college admissions when applying to many schools. It can also be an unfair process at a very small number of very selective colleges.  Early Action comes in five flavors, depending on the school. None obligate you to send […]
September 11, 2020

No Football, No Fraternities. Does That Make a Better College?

I had not given a thought to this until recently, but I’ve been a few schools that have neither a football team nor social fraternities with houses. Drew University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Skidmore College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) have no […]
September 10, 2020

‘I Was the Worst High School Athlete Ever’ or ‘How Not to Write a College Admissions Essay’

I never had to use the Common Application when I was applying to colleges. Today, so many schools use it that it probably cannot be avoided when submitting a college admissions essay. Too often I see and read of high school students choosing this prompt (below) for a college admissions […]
September 9, 2020

College Rankings Are What They Are: College Rankings

The fall semester or quarter is upon us at colleges across the country. So is college rankings season. College-bound students and their families want to know which colleges are hot and which might not be.  I want to leave you with an important piece of advice. College rankings are what they […]
September 3, 2020

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

Early Decision has been a popular option with college bound seniors, especially those who have their hearts set on schools with selective admissions. 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 […]
September 2, 2020

Five Things That College Admissions Officers Won’t Tell You

College admissions officers by and large are very nice, and very helpful people when they can be. The best are quite informed about their school. They know the academic programs as well as the faculty. They have to. The faculty want to see students who are capable of meeting their […]
September 1, 2020

Addressing Oft-Said Myths About College Athletics

College athletics have come constantly under criticism. That’s especially true now, when schools and conferences have canceled their fall seasons due to COVID concerns. But sports will eventually return on college campuses. Several myths will need to be dispelled. I will cover a few in this post. A college would […]
August 27, 2020

You’ve Got a Semester’s Worth of AP Credits. What Are You Gonna Do?

When I was in high school nearly 40 years ago there were three options for Advanced Placement: AB and BC Calculus and European History. I knew several people who took these classes. Most decided to repeat the class in college rather than test to get the AP credits. They thought that […]

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