Hooked on a feeling? Not this year–and maybe that’s okay

Last Updated on November 10, 2020 by Real College Matters

Admissions is important, and we help students navigate that journey well, but the application process lasts for only a season.  Real college is the undergraduate experience, as well as the dividends it pays beyond those four, five, or (heaven forbid) six years.    

Finding the “real,” amidst pandemic

Unfortunately, for the time being, many high school students bear the task of finding their best real college virtually.   

Behold the silver lining of Covid-19 for college applicants:  they have no choice but to discover the “why” empirically.  This year, they cannot depend on the “feel” of their visit and must find evidence to support a later visit instead.  It’s great when “the feel” is there–when the student just knows she’s found her future home–but if it’s not backed by some attributes less dependent on state of mind and circumstances–there won’t be much to hang onto when the going gets tough.

Hopefully, campuses will become more accessible in a few months. In the meantime, I urge seniors to determine what matters to them and start digging to find the colleges which offer it.

Beyond USNews and the College Board– data to get the ball rolling

An insufferable ideologue at times, I appreciate the immeasurable qualities of an education. But, hey, I’m a data-driven ideologue, so here’s a data-driven snapshot of college academics and outcomes. I’ll try to post more such resources throughout the fall.