Over the next few weeks, I will share with you colleges that you may not know about but should consider. Today, a premium is placed on “brand name” colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, etc. Families may be more concerned with the college’s reputation rather than the fit for their child. College is an experience, not just a piece of paper. The college admissions process is no longer as simple as googling how to get into Harvard/Stanford". It has become an extremely competitive playing field.
Now that many elite colleges are hyper-selective, we need to be open to colleges that provide the right experiences for our kids at the right price for the family. College Path is dedicated to empowering students to find the right college for them. One of the most important parts of this process is establishing long-term goals, and understanding how the college under consideration fits with them. This conversation should be more than rehashing size and location. Harvard or Stanford is not for everyone, and that is OK.
A student interested in engineering or nursing can accomplish their goals at other schools. Creative thinking and resourcefulness are necessary life skills. It is time to apply them to the college application process. Parents, we need to encourage our children to follow their passions and help them find the environment that makes sense for them and financially for the family. Stay tuned for colleges that may be an incredible fit for your child--some of which come at more maneagable prices than you may think.