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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March 23, 2016

How to Tell if a College Campus is Safe

Years before I started EducatedQuest I was an urban economic development professional in Newark, New Jersey working for a business-funded non-profit organization. I became, by chance, actively involved in college campus development issues (Newark has three colleges as well as a medical school and two law schools) and downtown security. […]
March 22, 2016

Take Personal Campus Tours of Your Short-List Schools

Every new school profile posted at Educated Quest is based, in part, on two campus tours. I goes on the same tour as parents and prospective students.  Then I take my own tour at my own pace. Parents and students should do the same, especially when they get down to […]
February 23, 2016

Five Questions Prospective College Athletes Must Ask Prospective Colleges

I am currently finishing Indentured, a book co-authored by New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera and New York Times sportswriter Ben Strauss. This is probably the best book about the NCAA and how its member schools treat college athletes. It is worthwhile reading for the parents of any college-bound high school athlete who […]
February 8, 2016

The Secret to Future College Admissions: Keep Cool and Be Kind

In previous post I gave some good reasons why Harvard might not be the best university in America. Now I have another one. With the endorsement of several colleges admissions directors, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education released a report called: Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good […]
February 4, 2016

Mount St. Mary’s University and the Issue of Freshman Retention

One of the most important performance measures for a college is its freshman retention rate. The freshman retention rate is the percentage of freshmen who return for their sophomore year. The higher the freshman retention rate the more likely that: These students will remain to declare a major. A rising […]
January 18, 2016

AdmitSee and the Value of Peer-to-Peer Marketing in College Admissions

Today’s USA Today had a story in the Money section about AdmitSee, a Web site where college-bound high school students could read successful admissions applications materials from current college students–for a fee between $20 and $150 a month. The high school students can also mentor the college students on how […]
January 13, 2016

University Status: Does It Always Matter?

Yesterday I read a news article in my local paper, the Trenton Times, that Thomas Edison State College, an adult-focused public college in New Jersey, has been renamed Thomas Edison State University. This followed recent decisions within New Jersey for two private colleges, Caldwell College and Georgian Court College to seek […]
January 6, 2016

You Received a Merit Scholarship. What Should You Do?

More and more colleges offer merit-based versus need-based scholarship aid to prospective students, whether they need the aid or not. A college’s merit scholarship policy might not always be fair. But please keep in mind that colleges, like businesses and branches of government, have agendas. Why have colleges gone in […]
January 4, 2016

Why Are College Costs So High?

If you have been touring college campuses you have likely experienced “sticker shock” when you hear the rates for tuition and fees, room and board during the information sessions. Even the price of textbooks will make you wince. If you went to college yourself, you’re bound to wonder why the […]
December 30, 2015

How to Read Into Talk of a Tuition and Fee Increase

Yesterday, after writing my post about the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a reader sent me a link to an article about a proposed non-resident tuition and fee increase, which I also shared on this site. I recommend that any family considering one or more of the Big Ten schools read […]