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It Takes More Than Rankings to Find Good Colleges

Why? Because it all depends on how you define good colleges. And that’s the problem. How do you know what makes a college “good?” Are good colleges the ones where the good students go? After all, the colleges that admit only a small percentage of students with high GPAs and college test scores are the … Read more

20 Schools to Avoid if You’re Making a List of Affordable Colleges

In case you haven’t heard, some colleges are more likely to provide you institutional scholarships and grants than others. Some are more generous with merit aid while others give better need-based aid. And just as some colleges are known for their aid, there are those that are known for the lack of it and shouldn’t … Read more

616 Colleges with No Application Fees for 2021

I’ve updated the list of colleges with no application fees list based on the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and information from the Common Application available in October 2021. The IPEDS data is the fee charged for the 2020-21 academic year while the Common Application Data is for the 2021-22 year. Yes, it’s very … Read more

3 Types of Players that Don’t get Recruited by Colleges

There are a lot of athletes and their families that are expecting to play their sport in college. And far too many of them are actually counting on an athletic scholarship as part of their plan to pay for college. Yet, the truth is that most of these players won’t be recruited to play in … Read more

10 Essential Clues Students Miss When Researching Colleges

Unless you’re willing to just pick one set of college rankings and use it to decide between colleges, at some point you’re going to have to dig deeper and actually start researching colleges. The fact is that once you get past adding or removing colleges from your list based on things like size, majors, and … Read more

7 Key Signs of a Good College

There are over 1,600 four-year colleges in the United States. How do you begin to choose the good colleges you should apply to? To a certain extent, the definition of “good” will vary from student to student. However, there are seven things a college should have for it to be a good college for a … Read more

What Happens to People Who Go To Colleges No One Has Ever Heard Of?

I think that there are a lot of families out there that would like to drop out of the race to get into the most prestigious college possible. They know that there are good reasons to look elsewhere. With seemingly ever decreasing admission rates, the numbers are against you. And financially, it often just makes sense … Read more

How Many Colleges to Target to Play College Baseball

50–that’s the number of colleges you should target if you’re interested in getting to play at the college level. Too many? Think I might be exaggerating a little? Or maybe I don’t have a clue as to what I’m talking about? Give me a moment and I’ll explain my madness. Let me set the scene. … Read more

4 Easy Steps to Find Colleges with Merit Scholarships

(For those looking for merit scholarships from colleges, I’m updating this post. Because I’ve updated the spreadsheet several times since I wrote this post, some of the numbers in the text won’t match the results in the graphics. You can see a video demonstration at the end of the post.)   In this post, I’m … Read more