Posts Tagged ‘college selection’

Your college experience is only as good as what you do with it

August 8, 2013

As a private college counselor, I have always tried to lead my students to schools that were the best fit for them.  If these were prestigious schools and they were well suited for the student, fine.  If they were less competitive but more appropriate for a student academically and personally, that was fine also.

Too much emphasis is placed on rankings when each of the rankings means something different.  Many of the criteria ranked are not always even important to  students.  We would have far fewer students dropping out or transferring at the end of their freshman year if we did a better job of counseling students to choose schools that were right for them.

“I think it’s tough, in today’s climate, but it would be great if kids (and their parents) could take a deep breath and realize there’s more to life than where you went to college. Education is only as good as what you do with it…” 


If I have never heard of the college, how can it be any good?

February 13, 2013

I know that college affordability is a big concern for families today. Parents want to make sure they are getting the most value for their investment. However, I do get concerned when I hear a parent say, “I don’t know how eager I am to pay for a college with a name that I have not heard of.” Surely, they must know that there are many wonderful schools besides those those that everyone has heard of.  But do they?

One thing parents need to understand is that many colleges that are not well known are very fine, highly respected schools.  They provide excellent educations and also frequently award merit scholarships for high achieving students.  They can make college affordable, whereas prestigious, well known institutions may not be able to do so.

As a private college counselor, I truly believe that it is not the name of the school, but what a student gains from the college experience that will make a difference in the future.  Many wonderful lesser-known schools provide close relationships with professors who go on to become mentors.  Students often can participate in research opportunities at an undergraduate level and are in classes that focus more on discussion than just lecture.

Families need to broaden their college horizons and look at a wide variety of schools that will fit their child academically, financially, and personally.  Also, check the graduation rates and look for schools committed to seeing their students graduate in four years.