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College Choice

Beyond Prestige: How to Choose Your University

Michael Roth | Posted 04.13.2016 | College
Michael Roth

The newly admitted members of the class of 2020 are now trying to decide which school will provide the best combination of resources and challenges to enable them to thrive for four years in ways that they will build on for the rest of their lives.

Guidelines for Making the Final College Choice

Jeannie Borin | Posted 03.07.2016 | College
Jeannie Borin

Proceed with caution if you have not visited the college. If you have not had an opportunity to visit and still have time before the final decision, then make time. It's not a good idea to accept an offer of admission if you have not visited the college.

5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a College

Robin Goldberg | Posted 03.01.2016 | College
Robin Goldberg

Choosing between colleges can be a daunting task. Regardless of what admissions representatives and websites claim, you owe it to yourself to dig deep to determine what your experience will truly entail.

The Added Value of Small Independent Colleges

Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite | Posted 01.17.2015 | College
Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite

Given the rising cost of higher education, I believe that small independent colleges will demonstrate they are a sound investment, as well as an added value, for students who want to succeed during their college years, and beyond.

5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to a Women's College

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

ith such a high volume of women already exceeding the rigorous demands of higher education, why should young women consider attending an all-female college? Here are the top five benefits of attending a women's college.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Private School

Alexandra Rice | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

When applying to college, most students take into account three deciding factors: academics, finances and campus life. But what does it mean to attend a public school over one that is privately funded?

In College, Choose to Thrive

Michael Roth | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Your college choice isn't just about "fit" and "comfort"; it isn't just about the prestige of the school or the amenities it offers. Your college choice should reflect your aspirations, where you can imagine yourself discovering more about the world and your capacities to interact with it.

Have You Made Your Final College Choice?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Making an informed and correct college choice is crucial. Here are things to keep in mind.

Questions to Ask Colleges Once Accepted

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Now that you are accepted students you may choose to visit again or for the first time before making your decision. Once accepted, your questions may become more detail oriented.

Choosing a College: 5 Things to Consider

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 05.19.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

As a long-serving college president, I am often asked for advice on how to make a choice among colleges. Answers to the following five questions will, more often than not, result in a good decision.

What If You're Wait Listed?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.13.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

With admissions decisions about to be released, many colleges will place students on their wait lists. Here are some tips that can help if you have been wait listed AND are still interested in attending that college.

Deciding Which College to Attend

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.20.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are a variety of ways that each student goes about choosing a college and making their final decision. Factors in selecting a college may vary from person to person. However, there are some common questions that most should take into consideration.

Choosing a College: The First Search

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

"Hi Mom. Sorry I'm..." "Oh Bobby. Thank goodness you're home. I need your help." "My help? But Mom, it's..." "I know you're busy, but I can't ge...

High School Seniors' January - June College Admissions To Do's, Redux 2014

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Seniors! If you're not completely finished with your college applications now, surely you will be very soon. There are a few more things you need to do before you say "buh bye" to high school.

Prestigious Schools: Costly in the Short-Term, Valuable in the Long-Term?

Michael Restiano | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Michael Restiano

If you're a high-performing high school senior from a non-affluent background, I can guarantee you've got a big dilemma coming your way: do you choose a college because it's affordable, or because it's your dream school?

The Big Decision I Don't Want To Be Pressured Into Making

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.18.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Young students shouldn't be rushed into making a decision about their education without really knowing what that decision means.

The Right Reasons to Pick a College

Barry Glassner | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Barry Glassner

Stick to the rankings? Which rankings: Those that measure the quality of teaching? The quality of research? The best program in your intended major? The most accessible professors?

The Chief Concern Of College Applicants Is...

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business

What weighs most on students and parents choosing among colleges? Is it premier faculty, a prestigious reputation or an engaged and exciting student b...

Choosing to Attend a Historically Black College or University (or Not): An Interview

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.27.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

College student choice is even more complicated for African American students, who often feel conflicted due to the impact that their choice has on others -- those in black communities and in their own families.

Opportunity, Liberty and College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.21.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

One size doesn't fit all. There are many paths to individual economic success. Not all include a college education. A rush for credentials of any kind can concentrate the social, economic and political power of our nation into the hands of a very few.

Why a Smaller Private University Might Be Right for You (and a Few Reasons Why It Might Not)

Keith Wade | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Keith Wade

You've looked around; you've talked to faculty; you've met with staff; the coach has shown you the locker room and the resident assistant has shown you the room. You love it here or you hate it here, and that's going to be the most important factor.

What Is the Promise of College?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 06.30.2012 | College
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

The students who graduate about which I have no worry are those that have worked hard, become passionate about something, learned to think critically and to communicate their thoughts coherently. Their major or minor is almost irrelevant.

Going to the 'Wrong College'

Amy Yao | Posted 05.07.2012 | College
Amy Yao

It was a foolproof plan, I thought. I envisioned myself embarking on a journey to defy convention, to prove to everyone (or maybe just to myself) that it is possible to follow your high school boyfriend to college and end up happy and successful.

College Choice: Why Are We So Obsessed With Our Kids' Decisions?

Deborah Gaines | Posted 03.18.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

Why does part of me believe that this one decision -- where my kids attend college -- will make or break their future lives?

Decisions About College -- and Life -- Right Now

Tom Morris | Posted 06.19.2011 | College
Tom Morris

If your child has to make a decision now as to what school to attend, help take some of the pressure off. Choosing a school is not like answering a multiple choice exam question where there is just one right answer.