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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August 20, 2020

Some Tips for Collecting College Recommendation Letters

After visiting so many colleges I’ve learned many things about admissions processes. One is the differences between the ways an admissions office treats college recommendation letters. My suspicion is that college recommendation letters are not taken too seriously unless they are thoughtfully detailed on the positives or extremely negative. Some admissions […]
August 19, 2020

What is Direct Admission?

Whenever you visit a larger school you’re likely to hear this phrase Direct Admission.This practice  is not a new thing in college admissions. The engineering and pharmacy schools at Rutgers allowed it 36 years ago when I started college.Lately the opportunity for direct admission has asp extended into undergraduate colleges of […]
August 17, 2020

Five Questions to Ask About an Engineering Degree

Those who visit Educated Quest often may know that  I generally favor engineering degree programs that offer opportunities to learn about the corporate environment and solve “real-world” business programs.. But regardless of the size of the school where you might pursue an engineering degree, there are five questions that you […]
August 13, 2020

What Does a ‘Great’ Architecture School Do?

I studied urban planning in college because I liked the idea of being around design, architecture and political issues that I might actually be able to resolve. I could draw well when I started college–my mother, a commercial artist and art teacher, taught me–but I did not have the science […]
August 12, 2020

The Good About the Ivy League

I’ve been an education writer for some time and a college counselor for a short time. In either role I have never perceived that the Ivy League schools are necessarily “better” than other colleges, whether they are liberal arts colleges or larger research-focused universities. These schools are too often considered […]
August 11, 2020

Is Selectivity Important in Choosing a College?

One of the worst reasons for choosing a college is selectivity. A school is neither “good” nor “great” because it denies admissions to the vast majority of students who apply. Choosing a college by how many people they reject would be like judging the quality of a car by the […]
August 10, 2020

Small Colleges and Pre-Professional Degree Programs

When it comes to academics, college students face two concerns, regardless of their major. The first is classroom size, the second is how well major will prepare them for life after college. Students may be tempted to try to find the best of both worlds by choosing from among the […]
August 5, 2020

I’ve Come to Appreciate Liberal Arts Colleges

My college education, as well as graduate school, took place at big public universities. Although I did get into some private schools when I was pursuing advanced degrees, I went with the publics. They were the financially feasible option at the time. I never gave the small liberal arts colleges a […]
August 4, 2020

Who Should Plan for a ‘13th Year’ or Other Alternative to College?

As a college admissions advisor, my job is to help high school students find their best fit colleges. But sometimes the best fit college might not be college. That ’13th Year’ might be something else, where other experts need to help. Dr. Teri Solochek, PhD, partner in the SC Group […]
July 29, 2020

What Kind of College is a ‘Target School’?

Unlike most education writers and college counselors I come to my work from experiences around career counselors at hundreds of colleges and universities. I believe that I have a good perspective of the schools that have had success at helping their students begin the career they want. Some of these […]

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