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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June 20, 2016

What is an Open Curriculum?

Last week I paid a visit to Wesleyan University (CT) one of a small number of colleges that offers 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 they […]
June 20, 2016

When Does It Pay to Consider Bachelors-Masters Programs?

I recently posted my First Impressions about Arcadia University, school that, among others, offers several options to earn a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree together within five years. These Bachelors-Masters programs in areas such as business, education, international studies and more are quite common in higher education. It is sometimes difficult for […]
June 10, 2016

Why Do Colleges Have General Education Requirements?

Whether you are a graduating senior about to attend college or a junior considering which college to attend, you should a college’s General Education requirements. These are courses that everyone, regardless of their major, must take in order to complete their degree. They will usually represent one-quarter to one-third of the total […]
June 8, 2016

Why Do Standardized Tests Exist for College Admissions?

As a college advisor I am often asked why standardized tests exist for college admissions, even as more colleges have become test-optional, with small numbers becoming test blind or test flexible. I have come to realize that colleges have reasons for requiring prospective students to take standardized tests, especially many where […]
May 25, 2016

Dear Colleges, Here’s How To Shore Up Your Campus Tours

At the beginning of this month I went on one of the very best campus tours that I have ever taken at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. Interestingly, I did not need to sign up in advance, just show up at the reception desk where the tour […]
May 25, 2016

Tuition Discounts vs. ‘Every Day Low Prices’

Recently, you might have seen several stories about record tuition discounts, especially among private liberal arts colleges. Tuition discounts have become a serious issue at many colleges. I have read of some where an average discount could be more than half of direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board). Another […]
May 24, 2016

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

College-bound juniors who are about to enter their senior year have often started to make their first college lists, often with “reach schools” that they have yet to visit. The summer might be the best time to do some homework before selecting which reach schools will receive an application. What is […]
May 11, 2016

Why Have Women’s Colleges Gone Coed?

  Today I am visiting Chatham University (PA), a small school, formerly all-female for undergraduate education, that completed its first year as a coeducational institution. This has not been an uncommon transition for women’s colleges. Connecticut College, which I visited about three weeks ago, went through it in 1970. So […]
May 6, 2016

College Admissions for Freshmen Go Past May 2nd

This week Monday was “D-Day” aka “Decision Day” or “Deposit Day” for college-bound high school students, their parents and college admissions counselors. However, that does not mean that the college admissions cycle for freshmen is totally closed. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released its College Openings Update, which […]
May 5, 2016

Five Things to Know if You Plan to Transfer from a Community College

While incoming freshmen were celebrated on “D-Day”  aka “Decision Day” or “Deposit Day” on Monday transfer students still have time. I am reposting this to help them complete applications and make their best informed college decision. Transferring from community college to a four-year school is widely promoted as a way to make a […]

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