Find the Right College Blog

Roughly half of marriages end in divorce. And many teens have parents who never married. Many others are disconnected from their biological parents altogether. So heading to college and figuring out financial responsibilities for paying for college in a non-nuclear family is a well-worn path. But, that path’s guideposts are very hard to find and …

When frustrated by families that do not start their college search early, my good friend likes to say, “Get started early. You’ll thank yourself later.” Of course, he also makes that declaration tongue in cheek. As a parent himself, he understands the challenges of having multiple kids attending different schools, playing different sports, and dragging …

Did you know there are 2,000+ four-year colleges and universities in the US? It’s not realistic to know them all, much less what makes each one distinctive. How are Miami University and the University of Miami similar to one another… or more importantly, wildly different from one another? And then, who can keep straight that …

It’s crazy hard to get into Yale or Harvard or any other elite university. There’s no mistaking that. And the media loves stories about single digit acceptance rates (see, e.g., Washington Post | New York Times) and students with straight A’s or perfect SAT scores who get denied from Stanford, Princeton, Duke, and the like. …

For high school students, the first semester of senior year is crazy, stressful and all kinds of other things. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, most seniors applying to college feel only one thing right now: exhaustion. Nevertheless, now is the time for a final push! Parents frequently ask me for advice to help their kids …

Before you begin narrowing down your list of colleges, take time to get to know yourself. What drives you as a student? What is your personality like? What are your interests and goals? Where can you imagine yourself next year? Knowing yourself will help you to forge a clearer, more certain path as you search …

We advise students to start their college search by taking a self-assessment test. Fortunately, there are a number of self-assessment tests available online for free and they are specifically designed to guide your college search and help you determine what type of college learning community is most appropriate for you. Here are three of our …

It is easy to get caught up in “college application hysteria” where it feels like you need to apply to 15 colleges. The truth is that you don’t need to submit that many applications. To stay calm and prevent things from spiraling out of control, we find it helpful to examine your list of schools …

Many students wonder, “How many applications should I submit?” The conventional wisdom is to apply to 5-7 schools. The conventional wisdom goes on to say that you should select a mix of Safety Schools, Target Schools, and Reach Schools. That sounds easy enough. But the conventional wisdom is not perfect. In this blog post, we …

In this blog post, we examine Early Decision. We compare Early Decision to Early Action and explain why Early Decision is truly binding – not something that you can easily escape from. What does Early Decision even mean? Early Decision is an application plan offered by some colleges in which a student applies during the …