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College Road Trip: Georgetown, UVA, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame

Like many of you, our family recently visited four schools in four different states, and brought back a great deal of information. Here are some highlights:

Georgetown University – Most applicants know that Georgetown abuts a bustling residential neighborhood of shops and restaurants, but our expectation of a very urban feel changed as we approached campus from the Potomac River side and saw that it is perched atop a hill overlooking the water and beautiful parks. The students…

On Tour: Texas College Gems

We recently divided and conquered Texas, visiting a dozen universities across the vast state. Here are our favorites:

University of Texas, Austin

Austin is a vibrant city with a college town vibe situated on a river reminiscent of the Charles River in Cambridge. People of all ages are cycling, running, and biking along the adjacent bike-hike trail. Just above the trail, there are restaurants galore, and public maker spaces that reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of the community.…

College Road Trip : Nine Upstate New York Colleges (In 5 Days!)

Educational Advocates consultants devote A LOT of time to touring colleges, to stay on top of new developments and personally assess the culture at different schools. Here is a snapshot of what I learned on a recent Independent Educational Consultants Association tour to nine colleges in upstate New York:

Rochester Institute of Technology is set in suburban Rochester with 15,700 undergraduates and a signature co-op program that enables students to get paid, full-time work…

Hidden Gem: Denison University

Are you interested in the small liberal arts college experience, but don’t want to attend one of the same few schools everyone is applying to? Consider Denison University. Located in Granville Ohio, 30 minutes outside Columbus, Denison has a beautiful hilltop campus, designed by Central Park’s architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Strong academics, a great sense of community, and high athletic participation and enthusiasm characterize the Denison experience.

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International Studies: George Washington, American, Goucher and George Mason

As a follow-up to last month’s article on international studies majors, here is an overview of additional Washington, DC-area universities offering programs.

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs offers its students access to career coaches who have experience in international issues. They bring employers to campus to discuss jobs and internships and sponsor panel discussions of professionals from organizations such as the state…

International Studies: Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and Washington College

International Studies is an increasingly popular college major. On a recent visit to colleges in the Washington, D.C. area, we learned that each institution has a distinct approach to the discipline. Here is an overview:

At Johns Hopkins University, the department is intentionally called International Studies instead of International Affairs because the faculty is interested in all kinds of international matters, not just politics and foreign policy. The interdisciplinary…

Florida Colleges

Florida College Tour

Florida boasts a number of liberal arts colleges, universities and a renowned art school. Here are highlights from my recent visit. 

Walking through the University of Miami campus among the palm trees, lake and outdoor pool, it is easy to forget that you are not at a resort but at a serious institution of learning. A private university with 10,000 undergraduates, Miami has top programs in marine science, health sciences, communications, business and music. The highly competitive…

Spotlight: Virginia Public Colleges and Universities

Rebecca Kenney

Earlier this month, I visited eight colleges and universities in the state of Virginia. There are many appealing schools in this warmer state and a surprising number of public ones. A few have a low price tag even for out-of-state students.

Did you know that the second oldest college in the nation, The College of William and Mary, is also a public school? William and Mary is located in historic Williamsburg, which is about an hour from Richmond (Virginia’s capitol)…

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Marist College Fashion Week

My daughter Ellie and I were guests of the Marist College Fashion Program at New York Fashion Week. A highlight of the event was the encore runway show featuring Marist alumna and accomplished designer Son Jung Wan’s latest collection. The designer was presented with Marist’s Silver Needle Fashion Award acknowledging her remarkable career in fashion and dedication to education. She and her troupe replayed their show for invited guests just minutes after modeling for celebrities,…

College Search North Carolina

Rebecca Kenney

In early April I completed a college tour in North Carolina. Although Boston was still quite bleak after our atrocious winter, North Carolina was lush and green. Here is an overview of the campuses:

Elon University is home to just under 6,000 undergraduates and is located in Elon, NC, a tiny town situated between Greensboro and Durham. The campus is beautiful with a mix of old and new buildings in traditional red brick architecture. There are wide-open lawns across…

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