Posts by Dave Bergman:

Finding Value: Public Liberal Arts Colleges

Posted on: 18 Jun 2015

For many students and their families, attending a liberal arts college sounds like an expensive proposition. After all, liberal arts schools are known for their small class size, available faculty, individualized attention, and undergraduate research opportunities – all characteristics that stand in stark contrast to the giant lecture hall, face-in-the-crowd, anonymous existence at some large […]

Going abroad for college

Posted on: 19 May 2015

Pursuing your entire undergraduate degree abroad may sound like an extravagance reserved for the jet-setting upper-class, yet going to college in a foreign country can actually make excellent economic sense for the more cost-conscious prospective college students. As we write, there are 27,000 American students pursuing degrees abroad at a host of locations around the […]

So you want to be a financial analyst?

Posted on: 12 May 2015

Welcome to the sixth installment of College Transitions’ “So you want to be a…” series. Designed to help career-minded high school students think intelligently about their postsecondary journeys, these blogs will look at the financial, academic, and personal factors one should consider when exploring various professions. What exactly does being a financial analyst entail? Most […]

So you want to be a software developer/engineer/programmer?

Posted on: 15 Apr 2015

Welcome to the fifth installment of College Transitions’ “So you want to be a…” series. Designed to help career-minded high school students think intelligently about their postsecondary journeys, these blogs will look at the financial, academic, and personal factors one should consider when exploring various professions. What’s the difference between a software developer, engineer, and […]

What you need to know about Test-Optional Admissions

Posted on: 07 Apr 2015

An iconic year, even by the standards of its iconic decade, 1969 teems with momentous events in America’s cultural history: the moon landing, Woodstock, the Amazin’ Mets, and the start of American withdrawal from Vietnam. That same year, events quieter, although within the narrower scope of college admissions history, of no less magnitude, unfolded in […]

Choosing a college major: What you need to know

Posted on: 19 Feb 2015

“Buridan’s ass” is a well-known (and unfortunately named) philosophical paradox where a famished donkey sits equidistant between two similarly delicious bales of hay and, unable to find a rational reason to select one over the other, ultimately starves to death. Strangely enough, this rather absurd and morbid 14th century tale is relevant to the dilemma […]

Is college still worth the investment?

Posted on: 27 Jan 2015

We’ll save the drama—even in an era of bloated tuition costs, ballooning student loan debt, and a weakened American job market, the answer to the general question of whether a college degree is still worth the investment remains a resounding, “Yes.” Yet, this affirmative answer is strapped with a Barry Bonds-sized asterisk; not every degree […]

Honors Programs: Why you should consider applying and what to look for

Posted on: 16 Dec 2014

While honors programs have existed in one form or another since the GI bill first brought an influx of talented but cost-conscious students to public universities in the post-war era, the full-blown honors college is a more recent phenomenon. The majority of honors colleges were born in the 90s, designed with aim of drawing Ivy-league […]