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

Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Among the five Claremont Colleges ("5C's"), Pomona sticks steadfastly to its identity as the "thinking" campus.  On our tour, the guide even poked fun at neighboring Claremont McKenna, where students focus on "doing rather than thinking."  Walking around campus and talking to students, you get the feeling that they derive joy from learning.  One of my … Continue reading Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Photo’s help tell the tale at UCLA

Visit UCLA, as I did today with my youngest daughter, and you will find that the photo's you take could lead to an interesting story. For me, it started with the construction cranes, ubiquitous as we walked through the otherwise pristine campus. Without a formal tour on Presidents' Day, we relied on an old friend … Continue reading Photo’s help tell the tale at UCLA

Occidental College: A Great West Coast School with a Mid-January Deadline

Occidental ("Oxy") gives you lots of reasons to love it, from academics, to financial aid, to location—even to its food!  The school's mid-January regular decision deadline gives students a chance to add it to their lists after the early January application rush.  If you and your child will consider a California liberal arts college, Occidental … Continue reading Occidental College: A Great West Coast School with a Mid-January Deadline

Clark University: A Great East Coast School with a Mid-January Deadline

Hundreds of colleges have deadlines between now and mid-February, for high school seniors still looking to add a few schools to their list.  Over the next couple of days, I will profile two of which I am especially fond—one on each coast— with upcoming mid-January deadlines.  Each of these schools, in its own way, reminds me … Continue reading Clark University: A Great East Coast School with a Mid-January Deadline