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Admissions 101: Need a good college? Ask a pro.

The latest topic for my Admissions 101 discussion group is an approach to college-picking that makes sense, but doesn't get much attention. If you have some vague notion of what you want to get out of college, such as preparation for med school or a business career, why not ask someone who has been a success in such ventures to suggest some colleges? You don't just ask where they went to college, but which colleges are now producing good people in their field. Go to the link and share your views.

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By Jay Mathews  | April 28, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Admissions 101, picking a good college by asking someone successful in your desired field  
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As a college consultant, I agree that your suggestion might be one way to choose a college, but I think the most important factor for students to consider is a school that is a good fit for them. Most careers, including medicine and business, still regard the liberal arts as an excellent background for most careers. I try to guide students to schools where they can major in a particular area if it interests them, but also a school that offers many opportunities from which to choose.

Susie Watts
Denver, Colorado

Posted by: collegedirection | April 28, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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