Public versus Private: Weighing Your Options

You can get a rich and vibrant college education at a public institution, just as you can at a private one. But the experiences will often differ in significant ways, in terms of cost, available financial aid, campus resources, and more. Each option involves trade-offs, so you need to educate yourself on what those are … Continue reading Public versus Private: Weighing Your Options

Harvey Mudd College: STEM + liberal arts

"Innovative," my daughter described Harvey Mudd and then immediately mentioned "those wheels outside the dining hall." Walk on the Mudd campus and you will see what she means. A math, science and engineering school, Mudd also calls itself a liberal arts college. Signs of quirkiness, fun, and the school's fascinating history abound on a campus … Continue reading Harvey Mudd College: STEM + liberal arts

USC: A campus that offers fascinating opportunities to specialize

Everything at USC looks shiny and new as you walk the campus. This feeling extends to some of the university's most interesting academic offerings. For students who know what they want to study enough to commit in senior year of high school to a specialized program or major, USC offers some fascinating opportunities. Every year, … Continue reading USC: A campus that offers fascinating opportunities to specialize

Pitzer College: Academics infused with social activism

I have had a soft spot for Pitzer College ever since I interviewed former Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid Arnaldo Rodriguez for my book,┬áThe Thinking Parent's Guide to College Admissions. My visit with my youngest daughter in 2020 felt long overdue! Part of a consortium of seven colleges known collectively as The Claremont … Continue reading Pitzer College: Academics infused with social activism

Athletic recruiting in the context of COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, I had the privilege of talking with lifelong college and professional soccer coach Catherine Gordon about what student-athletes can do in the midst of their disrupted athletic seasons and showcases to stay on track for athletic recruiting. Highlights of our discussion appear below, in edited and condensed form. Scroll down to … Continue reading Athletic recruiting in the context of COVID-19