Courtesy of Dr. Steven R. Antonoff & Independent Educational Consultants Association
Dr. Antonoff is a nationally known expert in the field of independent college consulting, the author of several books, and a close professional colleague. I am continually impressed by the scope of his knowledge and the wisdom of his perspective. Students and parents alike can benefit from his experience.
Here are several “golden nuggets” that I hope you all will consider carefully, whether you’re about to begin or are in the midst of the college search and admission process:
- Picking a college is not just about what you’ll do when you graduate; instead, it’s about the four years you spend there and the experiences you accumulate.
- The value of a college education is determined not by the name of the institution on your diploma but by whether you choose to take advantage of the resources available to you.
- The college or university that can provide you with a happy and fulfilling four years is not limited to just one school or even one group of schools.
- Your college search should focus more on educational aspects and less on admission concerns.
- Don’t panic if you’re uncertain of your major; consider yourself not “undeclared” but rather “multi-interested.”
- Never lose sight of the following statistic: 75 percent of colleges accept over 75 percent of applicants.
- Always remember you are more than your test scores, and the SAT and ACT are not intelligence tests.
- The more you look for fit and match (rather than name or prestige), the less stress you’ll feel and the fewer tears you’ll shed.
- You have more than 100 truly elite colleges in the United States to choose from.
- Your grit, passion, and perseverance will impact your college experience and success in life far more than your IQ, class rank, or popularity in high school and college do.