Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Academic and financial fit – what does it really mean?

Students will frequently visit a college campus and come home saying “it just felt right.” It can be challenging to get them to understand exactly what gave them such a positive vibe, but their intuitive sense shouldn’t be ignored. Feeling comfortable on a college campus is a key fit     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

What does “Fit” really mean?

It’s the buzzword you keep hearing. It’s the question you keep asking – “Is this college a good fit?” But what does “fit” really mean? I break the fit concept into three major areas: social, academic and financial. (academic and social fit will be covered next week). To determine a     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Road trip: How to make the most of campus visits

When planning your campus visits for spring break, don’t fall into the overbooked trap of “If it’s Tuesday it must be Tulane.” Over-scheduling fosters frayed nerves and in the end, a far less productive trip. To get the most bang for their buck, families typically try to     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Parents have several roles on campus visits

It’s almost time for spring break season. For many high school juniors that will mean loading up the minivan and heading out to visit college campuses. Many families believe in empowering their high school students during the college admissions process. However, the campus visit planning, often     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Service academies are selective, tough and free

The Air Force Academy is ranked highly on some lists of top-performing colleges, including U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2009” rankings. We all recognize that college has gotten expensive, but an undergraduate college experience that costs $403,000 per     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Two top schools with free tuition

Cooper Union and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering are both listed as “Best Buys” in the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. No kidding. Free tuition at two of the most prestigious colleges in the country – one in the heart of Manhattan and the other in the suburbs of Boston –     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Two top schools with free tuition

Cooper Union and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering are both listed as “Best Buys” in the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. No kidding. Free tuition at two of the most prestigious colleges in the country – one in the heart of Manhattan and the other in the suburbs of Boston –     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Go to college free? Yes, it's possible

Yes, parents, there is such thing as free college tuition. No, this isn’t a scam and not all of the “free” colleges require service to your country. The colleges that offer free tuition or even free tuition as well as free room and board range in selectivity, size, location and     Continue Reading...