Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which is why I spend less time on student-led campus tours and more time on old-fashioned research to understand the best-fit schools for students. One student's idea of a walkable, beautiful, welcoming - insert any adjective here - campus - is personal.
Our role is to invest in, read, research, and identify relevant data that will help parents and students develop a balanced quality college list so that when it is time to visit, they are prepared. High-quality admissions data is critical to the success of any data-driven college planning process. To name a few data points...
Does the school have sufficient resources to teach and advise the student properly?
How likely is the student to graduate on time, pay off their loans, and get a good-paying job?
Does the school have a strong endowment and financial standing?
How to avoid average but expensive institutions on your college list?
Identifying hidden gems
Understanding different admission rates for limited enrollment programs
Updates to over 45 different application checklist items
Whether it's the latest admission rates, departmental admission rates, key application requirements, or affordability data, our goal is to minimize surprises and save you hours of time trying to track and gather all of this yourself. Over the years we've developed a strong understanding of where and when to look for critical pieces of information through a combination of constant research and technology to track changes.
Industry Publications - Programs of Study
Fiske Guide To Colleges
U.S. News and World Report
The Common Data Set Updates - Colleges release their Common Data Set at various times during the year. Note that current CD sets all are at least one year behind so the latest CDS is for the Class of 2024 best case.
University Factbook Data
Admission rate updates for the latest class: We're actively tracking the latest published early and regular decision results and updating the database when all relevant rates are available from the colleges. By the time seniors are applying in the fall, most of the name-brand schools will be on current-year rates.
Admission rates by the department for limited enrollment programs (engineering, computer science, nursing)
Most Recently Published Academic Class Profile
Demonstrated Interest Considered or Important
Interviews Considered or Important
Standardized Testing Options - We actively track changes to standardized testing policies and provide guidance
Common Application Updates in August
Changes to key application requirements
Changes to admission plan options
Changes to deadlines
Need Blind vs Need Aware Schools
Early Decision and Restrictive Early Action Acceptance Rates
School Quality and Academic Investment
Colleges with Superior Services/Programs for Students With Special Needs - Allen F. Tinkler, MS Ed.
Higher Education Trends
Institution Blogs, Releases, Fact Books
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Cost of Attendance
Strength in need-grants
Strength in merit-scholarships
Separate deadlines for competitive institutional scholarships
Regional Tuition Discount Programs
Academic Common Market Guidance
FAFSA/CSS Profile Requirements and Deadlines
Some of these resources are free, some are not. Parents can absolutely invest time diving down the rabbit hole and exploring the incredible amount of content available. We help parents who would prefer to spend their time elsewhere. Allowing CPC to get wonky on data for their student frees up time for more substantial (and fun) dinner conversations. Want to find out more? Schedule a free conversation today.