Researching Colleges in Four Steps

Even as the seniors begin the agonizing wait for their college admissions letters, juniors are starting to think about the college process. In the absence of in-person campus visits, devoting  a couple of hours to researching colleges will help you evaluate which colleges meet your criteria for your colleges search, and, if live campus visits open up again, this research will help you decide which colleges to visit.

Get a Good Guidebook: Although a lot of information is readily…

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Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior starting to analyze admissions offers, these tips might help you get some answers.

1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student work and research are highlighted and if interesting guests are visiting campus (or doing…

UMass Amherst Campus

There’s A Lot To Appreciate At UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is our state’s flagship university, meaning it is our largest, most selective public institution with the greatest variety of programs. Academic options span the colleges of agriculture, education, engineering, humanities and fine arts, information and computer sciences, natural sciences, nursing, social and behavioral sciences, management, public health and health sciences, and an honors college. UMass Amherst is part…

Five Tips For College Visits

You should plan to visit at least some of the colleges you are considering. In fact, campus visits can be the most important factor in helping prospective students assess whether a college’s location, academic offerings, atmosphere and community are a good fit. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your college visit:

  1. Visit at the Right Time.

So you have an upcoming break from school—that’s an obvious time for a college visit, right? Not so fast. If you’re on vacation…

University of Chicago

Spotlight: Chicago Colleges

I recently toured five Chicago colleges as part of the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association conference. Here are profiles:

Lake Forest College is a small liberal arts college located in a beautiful town 30 miles north of Chicago. Its safe residential campus has a beach within walking distance, and its easy access to Chicago via commuter rail is very appealing to Lake Forest’s growing student body of 1550+ students. One outgrowth of this unique situation is a recent…

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Spotlight: Maryland Private Colleges

With the cherry blossoms in full bloom, I participated in a weeklong tour of eleven private colleges in Maryland. Here are highlights:

Loyola University of Maryland

Loyola University of Maryland is a Jesuit university of about 4500 undergraduates set in a residential neighborhood just outside Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. It offers many assets you would find at a large university, but with the personal feel and approach of a liberal arts college. The university is about to embark…

Colby College Museum of Art

Colby College

Colby has expanded into the town of Waterville, where students and faculty reside, and has established more connection to the community.

Colby is the farthest north of Maine’s esteemed liberal arts colleges, and that location has been influential in forming its friendly and outdoorsy student body. From their first experience with COOT, the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip, new students form connections while biking, hiking or serving the community, and create a lasting …

Bates College

Bates College

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine has a unique history that is rooted in embracing diversity.

Bates College is a liberal arts college in the small city of Lewiston, Maine about 45 minutes north of Portland.  With just under 1800 undergraduates, students receive a very personalized education and truly get to know their professors.  What makes Bates different from other New England liberal arts colleges?

Embracing diversity since the beginning.  Bates was…

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College attracts bright, engaged students who get involved.

Bright, engaged students who are looking for a more personal, interdisciplinary education on an active campus should check out Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A little over two-hour drive from Boston, the campus is accessible by Amtrak and is just 25 minutes outside of Portland. If you think “rural” when you think of Maine, you might be surprised by how much the town of Brunswick offers with over 60 eateries,…

Bates College

Maine College Road Trip: Bowdoin, Bates and Colby

The three Maine liberal arts colleges might seem similar at a glance but there are key differences. Here is an overview:

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College attracts bright, engaged students who get involved.

Bright, engaged students who are looking for a more personal, interdisciplinary education on an active campus should check out Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A little over two-hour drive from Boston, the campus is accessible by Amtrak and is just 25 minutes outside…

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