Tips for starting a college admission search

Very interesting article by the Washington Post on Starting a college admission search? Here are a professor’s tips.

Some highlights from the article:

Selecting a college with your child is an agonizing ordeal. Triply agonizing, in fact. First, choosing the right school from among dozens of viable options is anxiety-inducing. Second, there’s the ignominy of actually having to listen to your teenager’s peculiar ideas as to what’s in his or her best interest. Finally, there’s the trauma of tuition. The cost of a college education, after all, can easily exceed a quarter-million dollars.

In hopes of somewhat alleviating your agony, I offer the following tips as you begin searching for a dream school. Having taught college for a quarter century, having sat on admissions committees, and having recently published a tell-all about American professors, permit me to make some helpful, and occasionally unorthodox, suggestions.

Read the 7 tips in the article including:

  • Ignore the rankings
  • Professors are important
  • Class size
  • Don’t trust, verify

 

 

How to choose the right college…

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Adam Weinberg (President of Denison University) wrote the following article:

A letter to parents from a college president (and a dad): How to choose the right college.

In it he writes some valuable tips including:

  • Value comes largely from fit. If the fit is wrong it is nearly impossible to get a good education – no matter how good the college is
  • Mentorship especially from a faculty member is crucial
  • Students are more likely to succeed when they are able to participate in activities outside the classroom (student organizations, athletics etc)
  • Students learn a lot from one another
  • Discuss fit! Prefer small classes or lecture halls? More comfortable in urban setting or rural? What kinds of people do you thrive around?
  • Choose a college where you can pursue your passions
  • Visit the colleges if possible

For more tips read the entire article.

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