Is the “Block Plan” Right for You?

By |2019-07-16T18:32:09+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 [...]

How to Assess a College’s Value

By |2018-11-13T19:39:08+00:00November, 13, 2018|Careers, College Majors, College Rankings, College Research, Paying for College|

As the cost of college climbs higher, more students and parents are approaching the college search with a new focus: Return on Investment (ROI).  Essentially, this is a calculation of the value of a degree from a certain college.  It involves determining the amount of money it will cost a [...]

The Art of the College Tour

By |2018-07-23T02:38:22+00:00July, 18, 2018|College Research, College Visits|

Written in collaboration with Sandy Furth, World Student Support For students and parents, visiting universities can be a daunting task. However, it does not have to be. With a bit of planning and an understanding of the purpose of a college tour, a campus visit can be a great experience. [...]

What You Need to Know About College Merit Aid

By |2017-11-02T23:36:07+00:00October, 5, 2017|College Research, Financial Aid, Scholarships|

I recently wrote an article for Your College Advisors about merit scholarships.  The article explains that merit aid -- which can be based on a number of factors -- is a great option for students and families who don't qualify for need-based financial aid.  I offer tips on finding colleges that offer [...]

Take Advantage of Colleges’ Visits to Your High School

By |2017-09-09T21:47:04+00:00September, 7, 2017|College Research, College Visits|

As school gets underway, so do college admissions counselors' visits to high schools.  As with college fairs, these visits give students the opportunity to learn about different colleges and to connect with the people who read and make decisions about applications.  Unlike a college fair, an admissions officer's visit to a [...]

Upcoming College Fairs

By |2017-09-09T22:11:31+00:00August, 29, 2017|College Admissions, College Research|

Just as the fall is a popular time for college admissions officers to visit high schools, it's also when most college fairs are held.  In the next couple months, there will be several fairs in the Denver area.  Click the links below to learn more about each fair, including which [...]

Should You Rule Out a College Because of Its Political Climate?

By |2017-09-07T02:12:03+00:00July, 12, 2017|College Fit, College Research|

There have been many news reports recently about controversies on college campuses due to differences in political beliefs, race, and/or religion.  For example, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous was scheduled to speak at the University of California, Berkeley in February, but administrators cancelled his speech after demonstrations turned violent.  The [...]

Do You Have to Know Your Major Before College?

By |2017-05-16T22:41:19+00:00May, 3, 2017|College Admissions, College Applications, College Degrees, College Majors, College Research|

Students and parents frequently ask me how important it is to determine what you want to major in before you go to college.  As with so many aspects of the college search and admissions process, the answer is, "It depends." Some would say that the whole point of going to college is [...]

College Options for Students Who Don’t Test Well

By |2017-04-13T18:01:31+00:00March, 14, 2017|College Admissions, College Admissions Tests, College Applications, College Research|

For many students, one of the most dreaded parts of the college admissions process is taking college entrance exams.  The ACT and SAT are the most popular such exams, and there is a great deal of hype around preparing for and taking these tests.  Parents often spend hundreds or even thousands of [...]

Should You Attend a Community College?

By |2017-04-13T18:01:31+00:00March, 6, 2017|Careers, College Degrees, College Majors, College Research|

Parents often ask me if their children should begin their college education at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college to complete their Bachelor's degree.  Community colleges offer a number of benefits, such as lower tuition, smaller classes, and in some cases, more support.  Yet there are also some drawbacks [...]