“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a familiar question. But somewhere between elementary school and your senior year of college, your answers to this question change from fantasy (“I want to be a secret agent-ninja assassin-space freighter pilot-NFL quarterback-millionaire.”) to acceptance of bleak reality (“I guess I could be a call center supervisor.”) or just plain cluelessness (“I dunno.”).

Greater numbers of college seniors than ever before don’t know what they want to do when they graduate. Heck, greater numbers of mid-life professionals don’t know what they want to do.… Read More


October is upon us, the temperature drops, and the leaves whither in the trees. This is the season for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and, of course, ghost stories … I recently found that college campuses are hotbeds for spooky stories. From year to year, they are added to and passed down to new students. They’re almost always woven into the history and personality of the school. Some are funny, others terrifying, and still others are just plain, well, cheesy. … Read More


Sure, you have bulldogs, panthers, knights, and hawks. But not every school chooses a conventional mascot. In fact, some schools select rather unconventional ones and often for rather strange and unorthodox reasons. Here are ten of the strangest, in no particular order — except for the last one.… Read More


A recent article in The New York Times reported that community colleges are no longer a last resort for underachieving or unmotivated students. On the contrary, more and more community colleges are becoming an attractive alternative to students looking to earn their core academic credit at a significantly reduced cost before transferring to a four-year school to complete their bachelor’s degree.… Read More


How do online classes compare to traditional classes? Hundreds of independent studies have examined this topic, and the consensus is that there is no significant difference between the two in terms of academic quality. In fact, many studies indicate that online courses actually surpass traditional courses in several respects.… Read More


Finding the right college or university can be daunting. You need a school that will provide you with a quality education and help you get a good job, but you also need a school that fits your individual tastes. Start by asking yourself these basic questions.… Read More


For most people, the decision to get a college education is obvious. A not-so-obvious decision is to whether to get it in a traditional, on-campus setting or — as is becoming more common — to get it online. The purpose of this article is to examine the differences between the two in terms of cost, class schedule, classroom environment, social life, and job opportunities.… Read More