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…

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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…

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Top Five Experiences For Getting The Most From College

 

Although college this fall might look different than you anticipated, you will still have the opportunity to engage in a variety of ways whether you are learning remotely or on campus. You spent so much time thinking about applying, so now it’s time to think about what you will do now that you’re a college freshman.

Here are five essential experiences you’ll want to pursue:

1. Join An Activity. Did you know that the number one initiative a student can take to …

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Choosing A College: What Really Matters

Our world is shrinking. Cell phones and internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa have revolutionized that part of the world, expanding development opportunities and education. American corporations continue to open branches all over the globe. Outsourcing is no longer reserved for call centers; it’s increasingly common for professional functions from engineering to marketing. Such shifts make it very unlikely that today’s college students will work in one place from …

On Tour: Florida College Gems

At this time of year the idea of attending college in sunny, warm Florida can seem awfully appealing. I recently visited two colleges in the Tampa area that attract many students from the northeast: Eckerd College and the University of Tampa.

Eckerd College

Eckerd has 1,915 undergraduates and is situated on a beautiful 188-acre campus, located on the St. Petersburg waterfront. Its most popular major is business, but Eckerd is best known for its next most frequently chosen majors

College Research: 5 Tips For Evaluating Fit

If you are a high school junior beginning your college search, you have probably perused a guide book such as The Fiske Guide To Colleges, visited college websites and maybe even logged into a popular college review site such as Niche or Unigo. If you find that many of the college descriptions are starting to sound similar and you aren’t sure what to look for, you are not alone. Here are five tips for getting the most out of your college research.

  1. Check the List of Majors. This seems
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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…

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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 …

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