How to Go to College: The Unofficial Rules

This was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter. It is a very clear, explicit guide for approaching your college career.  Too many students leave for college believing that the “school rules” will be essentially the same as those they encountered in high school Nothing could be further from the truth. This guide should […]

Six Tips For Getting Great Letters of Recommendation For College

A strong LOR is vital to your college application. Getting that outstanding letter of recommendation depends on how you manage the process–and the people.

Carnival of Kids and Money

Well, this carnival is up a bit late, but it was worth waiting for.  The Carnival of Kids and Money is hosted by the Money Hacks. My favorite posts at this carnival are: Michael presents College Life: Is it Better to Live On-Campus or Off-Campus? posted at Michael Emilio.  It’s a great post that lays […]

Directory of Summer Opportunities and Gap Year Programs

A client asked me the other day where she could find a directory of summer opportunities for high school students. I told her the best resource is maintained by Phillips Andover in Massachusetts. You can find the directory of summer programs here. It includes some excellent “gap year” or “interim year” programs, as well. Mark […]

Colorado College: The Downside of Success and Selectivity

An article on the front page of today’s Denver Post is entitled, “College Admissions Miss ‘Risks,‘” highlights the problem of up-and-coming colleges unwittingly bring on themselves as they become more selective: the student body becomes smarter, more capable, and more homogenous. By every measure, Colorado College has become more selective. More and more students are […]

Quality of the Educational Experience: Questions to Ask Admissions Officers

A couple of my previous posts have focused on student-to-faculty ratios and class size averages as indicators of educational quality. By and large, my conclusion is that these statistics are not all that helpful in uncovering the quality of the educational experience for a prospective undergraduate. So what to do? How can we compare and […]

Class Size and Student-to-Faculty Ratios: What the Statistics Don’t Tell You

When a client asked me the other day about the importance of student-to-faculty ratios, I got to thinking about other supposed indicators of educational quality. The other oft-cited statistic when visiting an admissions office is “average class size.” As with student-to-faculty ratios, the size of the classes at a college is assumed to reflect the […]

Answering Coach Questionnaires for NCAA Recruitment

Nancy Nitardy, a former Division 1 coach at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Indiana University, works with Great College Advice to ensure that athletes get the best educational and athletic experiences possible. She applies her experience as a coach to advise students how to get their attention and get recruited for their teams. She and I work […]

Division I vs. Division III: Sports as a Job, or Scholar-Athlete?

Today I spent another fun-filled day at the Colorado Crossroads volleyball tournament in Denver, where nearly 10,000 volleyball players are participating in this national qualifier event. Parents were steadily coming up to my booth at the tournament (where I was, of course, dispensing some great college advice) to talk about their concerns. The topic of […]

Colorado Crossroads Volleyball Tournament

If you’re looking for me in the coming days, you can find me at the Colorado Convention Center where I’ll be attending the Colorado Crossroads Volleyball Tournament hosted by the Front Range Volleyball Association. It’s a national qualifier, and I’ll be there to talk to students and families about college admission. I’ll be joined by […]