Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
    (1964-1969)
  • Stanford University
    (1969-1984)
  • Princeton University
    (1988-2003)

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    (1966-1977)
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    (1977-1987)
    International Office Director
    (1987-2002)

Admissions Advice to High School Students: Part 2 of 7

Fred Hargadon

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comThe College Search

Conduct your college search with as open a mind as possible. Avoid thinking of colleges in terms of a few descriptive traits or adjectives. Remember, all colleges are complex, multifaceted institutions. For instance, it’s doubtful that very many students at any single college experience the place in precisely the same way on any given day, let alone during any given week, or month, or year. Indeed, that almost surely is not the case.

There aren’t any shortcuts to finding out about colleges, despite all of the guidebooks that purport to help you do so. Beginning in the spring of your junior year, (more…)