Considerations when choosing a college

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Considerations when choosing a college

Most students, when they’re looking at colleges, really have no idea what they’re looking for. They hear things from their friends – I had a student that said, “Wow, I really want to go to Macalester College”, I said, “That’s great, where is Macalester? No idea. So I like to say that there are 2 steps in learning about a school. One is what I call the academic part. You look in college guidebooks, you look on a college’s website and you look to see what kinds of majors and programs they have. The second part is the visit where you go and you see the types of students on campus to see if you really have a gut-feeling that you'll fit in there. Now, some students can’t fly all over the country and see their schools, but what they can do is they can go locally to different types of schools. So in southern California, a parent could take their child to UCLA, a big public school; or a Claremont, which is a small Liberal Arts school. At least then a student will understand what the difference is in size and different types of school are. So together, the intellectual part and the visit part, students will start to understand what he or she really wants in a school.
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Danny Ruderman

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Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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