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 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 […]
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 […]