Guest Post by Julie Wolf
I don’t remember “fit” being a thing when I applied for college over three and a half decades ago. I leafed through Barron’s, dog-eared a few pages, committed test-score averages to memory, and mailed away for applications. I thought about December 15 a lot. I didn’t think much about “fit.”
The college decision can be a stressful one. It feels like your life hangs in the balance, and if you don’t attend the “right” school, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of failure.
Plenty of research has shown, however, that this is simply not the case.
On the March 30th episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation was all about the research necessary to help get you pick the right school for you. Whether you’re a junior narrowing down your list of where to apply, or a senior deciding between multiple offers of admission, Beth Heaton once again has the answers!
This is a difficult question to answer. My first piece of advice for families asking how to find the right college is to encourage them to downplay college rankings in their selection process. I used to be the person in the admissions office in charge of providing the rankings agencies with their data; because of that experience, I have distrust for rankings in general. I think rankings are really good at collecting information that you don’t need and then creating a rating system that (while it might use good data) doesn’t answer the real question.