Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

What ‘academic fit’ really means

One of the most popular buzzwords of college admissions is “fit.” Admissions counselors, tour guides and professors talk about how important it is to find a “fit” in your college search process. You hear about schools representing a good fit for you “academically,” “socially,”     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Be a savvy shopper when scouting colleges

Last week I wrote about the entertaining and interactive presentation I attended that featured Robert (Rob) Franek of Princeton Review. His main message to students and parents is that the college admissions process can go from painful to pleasurable if you approach it as savvy shoppers. While the     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

Don’t apply to the same colleges as everyone else

The build-up was big, but boy, did he deliver. Robert Franek, Senior Vice President/Publisher at Princeton Review and author of “The Best 376 Colleges” and “The Best Value Colleges,” was recently a guest speaker at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. (Full disclosure: I sit on the Princeton     Continue Reading...

Lee Bierer - Nationally Syndicated Columnist and Independent College Counselor.

How to make the final college decision

“You’ve got mail!” In early April, students are hearing from colleges on a moment to moment basis. Since most applicants choose to find out about their admissions’ status (accepted, rejected or wait-listed) online, the anxious anticipation of the “fat envelopes” has dissipated     Continue Reading...

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...