November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and You’re ‘In’. Now What Do You Do?

In the coming weeks college-bound students who applied Early Decision (aka ‘ED’) to their first-choice school should be receiving notice: ‘In’, ‘Out’ or quite often ‘Deferred’. In this post I will presume that students who have applied Early Decision and their families have done their homework before submitting their applications […]
November 27, 2018

You Applied Early Decision and Got Deferred–What Should You Do?

College admissions officers like Early Decision. The more students they can admit through early decision, the faster they can fill their class. And they fill it with the students who have shown the most interest, as well as the qualifications to succeed. At many schools, even the most selective, the […]
June 19, 2017

What Are Holistic Admissions?

Families of college-bound seniors have no doubt heard the term “holistic admissions” many times. Families of sophomores and juniors will be hearing it more and more often as they build their lists of schools and plan college visits. Holistic admissions means that admissions officers consider the “whole picture” of a […]
May 30, 2017

Five Reasons to Be Concerned About Freshman Retention

If you visit regularly you might think that I’m infatuated with statistics, since I use so many in posts and profiles. Actually, I am far, far from the greatest of math-letes. But I try to find the numbers that should mean the most to any student and their family in […]
February 12, 2017

How to Work an Accepted Students Day

By now many college-bound high school seniors have not only received acceptance letters; they have also received invitations to the Accepted Students Day for at least one college that admitted them. Each year, colleges host an Accepted Students Day one or more times during their admission cycle to welcome prospective freshmen. The Accepted Students Day helps students and […]
November 2, 2016

How Important Are Alumni Admissions Interviews?

Today, a Facebook friend shared an article in the Los Angeles Times written by a Yale alumnus, and former alumni admissions interviewer. He writes why he will no longer conduct alumni interviews. I occasionally see alumni admissions interviews being conducted in local bookstores and coffee shops. The interviewee is almost […]
August 1, 2016

What Is The Story Behind College Acceptance Rates?

If you’re a regular visitor to Educated Quest, you have probably heard the phrase “acceptance snob” to explain the desire for the best and brightest college-bound students to attend the most selective of colleges. But there are stories behind the numbers with college acceptance rates that you might like to […]
July 27, 2016

What Causes Summer Melt In College Admissions?

The middle to end of July is usually a great time for a college admissions officer to take a vacation. High schools are typically out of session. Too few students are on campus to make campus events as worthwhile as they might be during the school year. But too many […]
July 7, 2016

How Is a College Enrollment Management Office Like A Major League Baseball Team?

I thought it appropriate to write a fun post comparing the college enrollment management world to a major league baseball front office. I’m a huge baseball fan who actually reads “saber metrics” books for fun, even though I do not claim to have a superior mathematical or statistical mind. Nor have […]