Friday, May 14, 2010

Colleges That Change Lives NYC Event

At NACAC this past year, a Senior member of the Columbia University Admission Staff was speaking on a panel that I attended. He told us, a room full of High School Counselors, to stop inviting him to College Events at our schools. Instead he requested that we invite the schools listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.

So if you won't take the advice from me, take the advice from Columbia: these schools are the real deal. The colleges profiled in this book are not necessarily glamorous. They probably are more likely to elicit 'huh?' than 'ooohhh' when it comes to name recognition. But, they provide higher quality, lower cost, and better educations than any of the Ivy League (or near Ivy League) schools. Why? They take students and push them to be better. They teach things like true intellectual inquiry, self reliance, and the benefits of hard work. Professors actually teach. They know students' names. Instead of paying for lecture halls full of tons of people and 'learning' via lecture absorption and regurgitation on a multiple choice exam, your tuition goes toward learning how to actually pursue knowledge. Best part? They accept students with all types of profiles and many are Testing Optional.

I could probably write much more than just one blog post on these schools, but for now I'll just encourage you to attend the New York City CTCL Tour on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 pm at the Hotel Pennsylvania. It is a free event that will include a discussion followed by a fair. For more information, click here.