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 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 […]
July 27, 2020

Considering Non-Portfolio Design Schools

Admission to some art and design schools requires a portfolio of work prepared while in high school. But admission to others does not. Entering an art or design school with little to no previous exposure to the field can be a tremendously risky proposition. But it is not unusual to find […]
July 15, 2020

What Exactly Do College Admissions Officers Do?

College admissions officers are the front lines not only for their schools.Those of you who work in traditional businesses might consider the college admissions officers to be the sales force.  If you are already into the college search, you’ve probably seen college admissions officers at college fairs or during your […]
July 9, 2020

Thoughts on College Return on Investment

In all of the noise on college admissions, you have probably read feature stories on the return on investment in a college education. To me, all of these stories are nothing but noise.I have to read these college return on investment stories. That’s part of my job. But I also […]
July 7, 2020

Must You Choose Only Brand Name Colleges?

Every spring parents and students go down to the wire, trying to select schools from those that have offered admission, and quite possibly those that have a waiting list. The very good student, as opposed to the best of the best, has an interesting choice. Go to any one of […]
July 2, 2020

When Big is Bad: The Disadvantages of the Large State Universities

Last week I discussed why big is better, the best things about going to a large state universities. Today I’ll discuss the disadvantages. If you’re from out-of-state, large state universities are rarely a ‘least cost’ option Admissions officers make no bones about this: Out-of-state students pay higher tuition and fees to […]
July 1, 2020

Questions to Ask College Admissions Officers During COVID Times

College admissions officers have “opened their doors” to virtual information sessions for rising high school seniors. In some cases these doors are also open to recently graduated students who might be wavering on their commitments to a college. At the same time more and more colleges are announcing their plans […]
June 30, 2020

Why It Pays to Go Big: The Advantages of the Large State Universities

Higher education has been taking it on the chin with the media and politicians, especially the large state universities.  I’m well equipped to discuss the good, as well as the bad, about these schools. Each can make for a fairly long post. I’ll stick to the good points here. Large […]