I started a blog post a few months back encouraging you to consider colleges you may never have heard of before. I haven’t finished it yet but this concept is a very important one. After you put aside the names you know, be willing to look one level deeper – the point, after all, is to find a college where your student will fit academically and socially. I spend a good amount of time with juniors on this part of the college search process.
Business Insider magazine just published this list of the 25 most underrated colleges in the U.S. I couldn’t agree more that many of these colleges fly under the radar but give students an amazing experience!! I’ve personally visited a number of these colleges – and many others – and can vouch for the opportunities they provide for students.
I met with a rising senior yesterday who told me about a close friend who applied to a number of colleges last year – UCs and some big-name east coast schools – and was not accepted to any of the colleges to which he applied. This is a horrible situation for a 17-year old, and it’s why I work so hard to develop a list of colleges that are practical and appropriate for each student.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!!