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 […]
June 8, 2016

Why Do Standardized Tests Exist for College Admissions?

As a college advisor I am often asked why standardized tests exist for college admissions, even as more colleges have become test-optional, with small numbers becoming test blind or test flexible. I have come to realize that colleges have reasons for requiring prospective students to take standardized tests, especially many where […]
May 24, 2016

How Far Should You Reach On A ‘Reach School’?

College-bound juniors who are about to enter their senior year have often started to make their first college lists, often with “reach schools” that they have yet to visit. The summer might be the best time to do some homework before selecting which reach schools will receive an application. What is […]
May 6, 2016

College Admissions for Freshmen Go Past May 2nd

This week Monday was “D-Day” aka “Decision Day” or “Deposit Day” for college-bound high school students, their parents and college admissions counselors. However, that does not mean that the college admissions cycle for freshmen is totally closed. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released its College Openings Update, which […]
April 12, 2016

Is a Spot on a Wait List Worth It?

Three years ago Lynn O’ Shaughnessy, publisher of The College Solution book, Web site and workbook, posted an excellent column about the wisdom of the college wait list. Rather than copy the piece here, I’m going to link you to it and add some points of my own. Lynn’s piece […]