With over 4,700 degree-granting colleges and universities in the US, helping your child find the “best fit” can be an overwhelming challenge. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype about a handful of colleges. But your child is an individual with special talents and strengths.  You want to be sure the school matches your child’s unique qualities.

Understanding a college’s personality — who they really are, what they value, what kind of students do well on their campus — is extremely valuable when compiling a college list.  As part of my one-on-one work with students and families, I scour the country to find the best fit colleges for our students.

Here are a few of my top picks for 2017:

Amherst College (MA) – Did you know they have a bird sanctuary on campus and are part of the 5-college consortium (U Mass Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Hampshire)? Amherst seeks academically curious students with an interest in broadening and deepening their critical thinking skills.  And they have no core requirements, except for a first-year seminar.

Emory University (GA) – There are two points of entry for first-year students – Oxford College or Emory College, both of which feed into Emory University. Both campuses want students with a range of interests who will engage in a meaningful way in the classroom. Admissions officers tend to prefer students who will challenge each other and prioritize diversity of discourse above all.

Case Western (OH) – Case has a “single door admissions policy,” which allows students to combine interests in four undergraduate schools (Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Arts and Sciences)!  They offer a seminar-style classroom approach to Gen Ed courses and focus on hands-on learning.  To them, “geek” is chic.

Could you see your child at any of these colleges?  By visiting over 25 campuses each year, I capture interesting fun facts to share with our students and families. Check out more photo albums and quick takes on my college visits by following us on , , and .

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by helping your child narrow down their college options. We offer families comprehensive services to help with the college list, essay work, extracurricular activities, test planning, resume development, interview prep and so much more.  If you work with us, I will learn about what makes your child unique, and I’ll find lots of college possibilities to consider.  When your child starts working with us early on, we can suggest best fit colleges early, and broaden their horizons for the future.

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