Finding the Right College

Antonoff, Steven R. College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for YouOctameron Associates. Dec 20, 2011.

Antonoff, Steven R.The College Finder. 

This is another book by Steven Antonoff. It's hard to describe what makes The College Finder such a great book for exploring colleges.  It's just a big book of lists -- 700 of them -- on all types of colleges.  You can find "best colleges for the undecided student" for those who don't know about majors and careers.  "Colleges with fine history departments" . . ."Colleges for the Quirky student" . . . . "The 'most catholic' Catholic colleges" . . . "Schools with Farms" . . . "Colleges with a winning tradition in bowling" . . . The book was just revised so the lists are very current, and they can help students and parents get a sense of all the possibilities out there.   I was so excited to see a new edition that I bought four copies. I am happy to meet and share them.  Or you can order your own here.

O'Shaughnessy, Lynn. The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price (2nd Edition). FT Press (May 3, 2012).

College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one.
What truly makes an education valuable: the effort the student puts into it. his is why college exploration starts with exploring yourself.

Consider Honors Colleges
Seniors as you look around for schools you should make sure you check out the possibility of attending an Honors College or Program. Honors colleges and programs are smaller programs designed for more motivated students located within larger universities.  The requirements for admission vary, but these colleges and programs are generally more selective than the schools in which they are located.  Many offer students special living arrangements, smaller courses, individual advising, and opportunities for travel and academic engagement.  You can find out more about honors college and programs here.  

College courses without textbooks?  These schools are giving it a shot.
A community college reform group has selected a handful of schools in Virginia and Maryland to develop degree programs using open-source materials in place of textbooks, an initiative that could save students as much as $1,300 a year.

What Is a Successful College Education? | Reed
Important considerations for parents and students.

College Express
This website includes lists and rankings of colleges which can be filtered for majors, school environment, costs, athletics, and more.  The list of majors was prepared by people familiar with the discipline.

Get Smart about Selectivity: Nearly Half of US Colleges Accept 75% of Applicants -

  • Students who are busy completing their college applications should take heart. Although the average yield rate continues to decline, federal data show that nearly half of all four-year colleges and universities in the US accept 75 percent or more of their applicants.

  • This is very good advice. Make sure you have a number of schools on your list that you are likely to get in. That means (roughly, with exceptions) that you are in the middle 50% of their admitted students in terms of grades and test scores. You can find that out on the Big Future site or the college's own page. You can apply to some schools that are more of a stretch, but the real meat or your applications should be schools that are likely to accept you. And there should be MANY since the majority of GREAT schools admit a good chunk of their applicants.

Smart Choices 2016: The 43 Colleges Where Students Are Most Likely to Get Accepted, Stay Enrolled, and Graduate in 4 Years
This is a great list of colleges to explore: schools where students have a great chance of admission and a great chance of finishing in four years! You'll need to check out financial aid, but that's not too hard to do.

29 Great Colleges for B Students and How to Get In
If you’re at the end of your junior year or the beginning of your senior year, and you have mostly B’s on your transcript, you can still get admitted to an excellent college.

Top 100 – Lowest Acceptance Rates
Many students aim for admission to a prestigious college or university, but the supply of open seats often does not meet the demand from applicants. Earning admission to the schools on this list can be especially difficult. With the lowest acceptance rates among all undergraduate institutions surveyed by U.S. News, regardless of ranking category, the 100 colleges and universities listed here are among the most selective, based on the fall 2014 entering class.

The Best College in Every State | Forbes
There may be room for argument here, but this Forbes article explores the best colleges and universities nearest you in this state-by-state roll call, all based on the FORBES America’s Top Colleges 2015 ranking.

30 Colleges with the Most Impressive Job Placement Rates and Career Services | Online Schools
This list of 30 colleges and universities with the most impressive job placement rates offers a group of schools that are dedicated to helping students find well-suited majors and careers under the aid of a well-established career services departments. It is meant to introduce students to educational institutions that produce well-trained, gainfully employed students.

Innovative Colleges That Give Students Real-World Experiences
Learn differently!! Featuring Olin, Evergreen and more!

How to Measure College Grad Salaries
When searching for schools, parents are increasingly asking admission reps this question: Will my child earn a good salary after graduating from your college?

Need Options? Consider Colleges That Change Lives
All of the people I know with expertise in the area of college planning are HUGE supporters of Colleges that Change Lives. Forty terrific small liberal arts colleges, many of which are open to students with less than perfect GPAS. Some offer great financial aid too Here's a good explaination of why they should be on your radar. -

Interested in a STEM career?
If you are planning on pursuing a STEM career, the ability to do research as an undergraduate is a big deal. Some students choose small liberal arts colleges, where they don't have to compete with graduate students for research opportunities. But some large research schools provide research opportunities for undergraduates. Thankfully, the University of Idaho is one of them.

Wondering about the benefits of a liberal college education?
The study's initial results suggest that one can prove that a liberal arts-style education can be associated with greater odds, compared to others with bachelor's degrees, on such qualities as being a leader, being seen as ethical, appreciating arts and culture and leading a fulfilling and happy life. 

Who Needs Harvard?
This article is a dozen years old, but it still reveals a truth that Palouse Pathways is trying hard to convey. There are a lot of great schools out there where you can get a great education. Our students tend to focus on the big name schools, because that's what they hear about on the news and read about in books. But the big schools are not the only choice, and they might not be the best choice for your family.

Student Athletes

- Choosing a college | College Board
For all college-bound students, the process of choosing and applying to colleges has many steps. Student-athletes who plan on playing college sports are often faced with several additional ones.

- Get in the Game: Tips for Student-Athletes and Their Families
From registering with eligibility centers to signing a letter, of intent the college applications is different for student-athletes.  This brochure breaks down the process into 10 steps to help you identify a college where you can pursue both your athletic and academic interests. (The timeline begins in your freshman year!)

- Recruiting's Color Wheel:  Redshirt, greenshirt, grayshirt, blueshirt
Here is additional important information for future college athletes and those who aspire to be. 

- 4 Tips for Would-Be College Athletes
Are you planning to be a college athlete? Here are some general tips: keep your grades up, register for the NCAA and do what you have to do to get coaches to notice you. There's a lot more to know, as well.

Interested in Film Studies?
There are some great schools here and a few give great aid. But some are incredibly expensive. Luckily there is a great option closer to home, at Eastern Washington University. Definitely worth checking out if you are on a budget.