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 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 […]
August 27, 2020

What is ‘Holistic Admissions’?

Holistic admissions, in admissions officers lingo, means that the content of the entire application package is considered, not just grades and standardized test scores. This term will become more important in our new reality since more schools are going to be test optional during this upcoming admissions cycle. What happens in holistic […]
August 26, 2020

Why is Choosing a College Like Buying a House?

Choosing a college has become more difficult for families. College may be the most expensive purchase many families will make, especially if they raise more than one child. That’s why choosing a college is like buying a house, even now, when so many schools will be educating their students online. Here […]
August 25, 2020

Beware the Fine Print of Differential Tuition Pricing

I’ve always had a saying” Colleges are priced like houses and sold like cars.” Thankfully, car buyers have the Internet. They can find a true market value, usually a lower price, for the car they want as well as the true value to the dealer for the car they already […]
August 24, 2020

The Good and the Bad About Big City Colleges

George Washington University (GW), my wife’s alma mater, is the perfect example of a big city college. It has risen in popularity as admissions to more selective schools have become more competitive.  GW is often cross-shopped against other big city colleges such as Boston University, Drexel University, Fordham University, New […]

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