Lilly’s first semester included environmental studies, backpacking adventures and “just the right amount of freedom.” Looking for a Midwest liberal arts college? Learn more about St. Olaf in her College Spotlight!
The quarter system at Northwestern allows Lorien to study multiple majors – a huge plus for this student with varied interests. Considering Northwestern? Read about Lorien’s first year at this rigorous Big 10 school!
At Loyola University Chicago, Zara is gaining hands-on experience in the Elementary Ed program and experiencing college life in a major metropolitan city. Read why this freshman loves Loyola!
Solveig’s expectations of a typical college experience have been replaced with the sound of bagpipes and 500-year-old architecture. Read about this freshman’s international adventure at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Solveig (far left) with friends at sunset.
By Kris Olson
After a visit to California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) in November, I understood one of the reasons why a student from the upper Mid-West would want to apply. It was 80-degrees as I toured this mid-sized San Luis Obispo campus, a mere 15-minute drive from the beaches of California’s central coast. But even more impressive than the weather was Cal Poly’s commitment to h... Read More
One of the best ways to learn about a college is to hear from someone who goes there. Each year, we invite freshmen to share their first-year experience, so follow along to get the inside story on campuses across the country. Today we're featuring American University. This suburban-feel campus near the heart of DC gives students plenty of opportunities for learning, exploring and fun. Read why El... Read More
Lewis & Clark is known for civic engagement and as one of the greenest colleges in the U.S. Explore this stunning Portland campus in counselor Katie’s College Spotlight!
Frank Manor House. Photo courtesy of Lewis & Clark College.
Standout experiences from Jake’s freshman year include a winning football season and a unique, supportive residential life. In his Spotlight, read why this finance major loves Notre Dame!
Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Daniel knew he wanted to study in the South, and after a tough decision between two colleges, he headed to Emory where he’s enjoying unique classes and a collaborative, friendly campus. Read Daniel’s highlights in his Spotlight!
Ponce City Market with friends
Essay Expert, Michelle, describes that at St. Olaf "What mattered to my professors and peers was that I intentionally engaged in the process of learning who I was and how I wanted to positively impact the world." Read what more Michelle has to say about her alma mater!
St. Olaf College, Holland Hall
After arriving with mixed emotions, Ellen had a rewarding first semester at UMich filled with challenging classes, activities like MRun and weekend outings with her roommate. In her Spotlight, read about her highlights as a new Wolverine.
Lima is living her dream as a Watson Institute Scholar at Lynn University. Read about her journey from Kabul, Afghanistan to Boca Raton, Florida, and see how she's making an impact by embracing opportunities her freshman year.
Wondering what college life in a small, midwest town might be like? Olivia shares in this College Expert blog that life at Wartburg College is filled with extracurricular activities, political engagement, volunteer opportunities, and plenty of welcoming faces.
Kris at University of Bristol. UK
Have you ever considered taking your college experience “across the pond?” And, no, I’m not talking about studying abroad for a semester; I’m talking about attending university as a degree-seeking, full-time student in the United Kingdom (UK).
Check out Kris Olson’s Spotlight on Exploring College Options in the United Kingdom to learn about how to earn an u... Read More
By Margaret Duden
When I was in Claremont, CA for the IECA Summer Training Institute, I had an opportunity to visit Pitzer College. Pitzer is a member of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges. Founded in the 1960s, it was created with the mission of advancing social and environmental justice. Pitzer’s motto is Provida Futuri, which means “mindful of the future” in Latin.
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By Sue Luse
Every year my husband and I travel to a new part of the country to visit colleges. This year we picked Virginia where I was able to meet with two of our students who live in the DC area and visit seven diverse and interesting colleges, each with unique characteristics that would appeal to different students. Over the next several weeks, I’ll write about each of the schools, beg... Read More
A Day in the Life at Augustana University
By Ryan Luse
A photo with Ole the Viking Statue at Augustana University
I and some other Educational Consultants were invited to spend a couple of days at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
I must be honest, when it comes to colleges I can sometimes graze over the Dakota’s. Before my drive to Augustana, I had not been i... Read More
Cherry Blossom Season
Natalia knew George Washington University was where she belonged the minute she stepped on campus. In spite of some freshman year challenges, she is still overwhelmed with excitement to be pursuing her interest in service and politics in the nation’s capital. Could GW be right for you? Check out her spotlight!
Baylor Club Golf team
Coming from a small high school with a graduating class of 70, Will knew he was looking for something different in a college. In his Student Spotlight, read why Baylor’s size, high-tier athletics, diversity and sense of community felt right the minute he stepped on campus.
An up-close view of the floats from my trip to the Rex Den!
What university ranks in the top 50 and offers a rich cultural experience in the South? Read Caroline’s freshman year update on Tulane University.
"Hope College is situated in Holland, Michigan, the cutest town straight out of a Hallmark movie and 14 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan, ”writes our latest College Spotlight contributor. Read about the sense of community and tradition that drew Kylie to this midwest college.
Interested in STEM, a small campus surrounded by 4 accessible colleges in southern California? Check out our College Spotlight on Harvey Mudd College.
My roommates and I (the third roommate is behind the camera) attended Corgi Beach Day on Huntington Beach!
I was excited to drive to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to meet with my students who are there and revisit Augustana. My visit to Augustana University showed me just how much this affordable, private, Norwegian-heritage liberal arts college has to offer. As the largest private university in the state, Augustana retains a strong alumni network and an enthusiastic “Augie” student body.
Often flying ... Read More
Did you know University of Manitoba has reciprocity with Minnesota? Read this Spotlight to learn more about how affordable it is to attend this university just 7 hours north of the Twin Cities.