Best Kept College Secrets

Colleges for Real People

“I said we’d never hire a college advisor… and then we did”

  Megan Rubiner Zinn is a free-lance writer who posted an article on her family’s decision to use a college consultant on the New York Times Education Section.  As a college counselor and consultant, I feared that she would be yet another voice extolling the strategic benefit of finding a “hired gun” to wedge an otherwise unremarkable student into a…

How to Start the College Search

The College Search: As a college counselor for more than forty years, I have watched thousands of students go through the process of identifying the colleges to which they want to apply. The search can be affected by any number of considerations from strong parental expectations to the availability of professional programs, from the opportunity to play a particular sport…

Check out Presbyterian !

  “Honor.     Not a complicated word, just an essential part of who you are and how you want to live.”     Presbyterian College Honor Code.   Want School Spirit and Academic Challenge? Presbyterian College (PC) is one of the very few academically ambitious small colleges participating in Division I athletics. How sporty is PC? About 80 percent…

Take a look at the College of Charleston

  College of Charleston – Charleston, South Carolina The word “college”, evokes images of a small liberal arts institution, but the College of Charleston is a public university enrolling more than ten thousand undergraduates on a campus included in the Registry of Historic Buildings in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. COC combines an elegant architectural past and contemporary design,…

Love Sports – Wanna Play? DIVISION III teams of distinction

Athletes have many choices once on a college campus; almost every college offers club, intramural, and recreational sports, and that level of competition can be more than enough for the occasional athlete.  For some athletes, however, the match of ability and opportunity will drive the college search. Some dedicated athletes have to recognize that their hope of playing for a…

WAIT AND SEE

Spring Hill College – Alabama, Southern Illinois University, Kendall College- Illinois, Saint Mary of the Woods – Indiana, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Olivet College – Michigan, Bemidji State University – Minnesota, Minnesota State University – Manketo, Saint Cloud State University – Minnesota, Daniel Webster College, New Hampshire, Hiram College – Ohio, Keystone College – Pennsylvania, Newberry College – South Carolina, Sterling…

Colleges Dirty Little Secret – Tuition Discount Marketing

Let’s just get real about the college tuition scene: It’s bad and about to get worse.  Five intersecting parabola are about to make financial planning for college even tricker.  Coming soon to a demographic near you – 1.A significant drop in the number of college aged applicants. 2.  Think of your own utility bills.  Anything decreasing? – Fixed expenses at colleges…

Why Would A College Accept Application by Video? Future of College Admissions?

In a very interesting marketing/opening-up-access move, GOUCHER COLLEGE (currently profiled in America’s Best Kept College Secrets) has offered potential applicants an opportunity to simplify and personalize the application process.  A recent story on APM’s Marketplace quoted Goucher’s president, Jose Antonio Bowen: “There are tens of thousands of high school seniors each year that do not apply to any selective liberal…

Wait! Everyone Knows That College!

It suddenly struck me that there is a group of colleges profiled in America’s Best Kept College Secrets that are no secret at all to counselors and families in their region.  These are colleges that enroll from outside their own state but within a particular section of the country.     In the Northeast, for example, many families will at…