U.S. News College Rankings: Methodology or Mythology?

By |2022-01-04T21:09:49+00:00January, 11, 2022|College Rankings, College Research|

When I was taking classes at UC Irvine to earn my Independent Educational Consultant certificate, my classmates and I held many differing opinions. However, there was one thing we all seemed to agree on: a strong dislike for the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Begun in the [...]

A Top-Ranking College’s President Critiques the U.S. News Rankings

By |2022-01-04T21:11:08+00:00November, 16, 2021|College Rankings, College Research|

For years, I have told anyone who will listen not to rely too heavily on the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, as they are deeply flawed and don't necessarily capture the quality of education a particular school provides.  I know many college consultants who feel the same way.  [...]

How to Decide on a College without Visiting

By |2021-03-11T00:45:51+00:00March, 3, 2021|College Admissions and COVID-19, College and COVID-19, College Research, College Visits|

A few days ago, I was telling my parents that some of my seniors likely will have to decide which college they're going to attend without having visited, as the pandemic has upended college visits for the past year.  My dad commented that he didn't visit any colleges before deciding [...]

The “Big Fish-Little Pond” Theory of College

By |2021-03-09T01:38:59+00:00January, 5, 2021|College Fit, College Research|

I am currently reading David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.  The premise of the book is that disadvantages might actually be advantages, that people who are considered underdogs may in fact have the greatest chance for success, and that obstacles might really be opportunities. One section of the book focuses [...]

Assessing Colleges’ Financial Stability

By |2020-11-15T17:16:42+00:00November, 17, 2020|College and COVID-19, College Research|

Countless businesses have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and colleges are no exception.  In addition to all the "normal" considerations that students and parents have when it comes to choosing a college, an additional factor this year is whether colleges are financially stable and if they are at [...]

The Case for Women’s Colleges

By |2020-11-15T17:14:38+00:00November, 5, 2020|College Fit, College Life, College Research|

Guest blog post by Charlotte Hamilton “Have you ever thought about applying to a women’s college?” My high school counselor asked me this during a meeting about my college search, over twenty years ago. In fact, I had never once thought of applying to a women’s college. Going as far [...]

Looking Beyond U.S. News Rankings

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00June, 24, 2020|College Rankings, College Research|

In September, U.S. News and World Report will publish its annual college rankings, as it has been doing since 1983.  Although colleges clamor to be at the top of these lists, students and parents should be aware that the rankings have many flaws.  Nearly seven years ago, I wrote a [...]

Researching Colleges Without Leaving Home

By |2020-08-24T15:52:23+00:00May, 12, 2020|College and COVID-19, College Research, College Visits|

For high school juniors, COVID-19 has really thrown a wrench into their college preparation and search process.  ACT and SAT test dates have been cancelled, AP exams are being given online, and the ability to visit college campuses has been suspended for an indefinite amount of time.  Many juniors were [...]

Should You Apply Early Decision?

By |2020-08-24T15:52:24+00:00September, 16, 2019|College Admissions, College Applications, College Research, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

It's fall, which means that high school seniors across the country are busy filling out college applications and writing essays.  Many students also are trying to decide if they're going to apply to a college early decision.  Early Decision (ED) is a binding commitment: students who are accepted to a [...]

Is the “Block Plan” Right for You?

By |2020-08-24T15:52:24+00:00July, 16, 2019|College Fit, College Research|

At most high schools in the U.S., students take anywhere from four to eight courses at a time.  Some students enjoy the variety, but for others, managing that many classes and subjects is difficult.  What if, in college, you could take just one class at a time, diving deeply into [...]

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