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Deb Felix quoted in the New York Times

Monday, December 17, 2018
New York Times 12/17/18

Tuition is a Meaningless Concept

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Tuition is a Meaningless Concept

Dr. Felix Quoted in US News and World Report

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I am quoted several times in this article about minimizing the cost of visiting colleges:

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Know the Real Deal

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After watching so many misconceptions about the admissions process get passed around from parent to parent and even be inflated in the media, I am tempted to change the name of my practice to "THE REAL DEAL."  

Only someone who has actually worked as an Admissions Officer (not someone who gave tours for the office as an undergraduate and claims to have worked "in admissions") truly knows what goes on behind closed doors in admissions committee meetings.  Only someone deep on the inside knows how the college or university's goals play out in the committee's decisions.  There is a lot of misinformation out there.  Do not believe what your friends and neighbors tell you about the process or what a longtime teacher or guidance counselor in your school district says.  Ask an expert.  Get the real deal.

How Admissions is Like The Hunger Games

Monday, April 04, 2016

Has admissions become just another competition?

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Dr. Felix Quoted in the Washington Post

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To see what Dr. Felix says about transferring to a new college or university, Click Here

About Transferring

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Thinking about transferring to another school?  Here's how to think about it:


A Poor College Match Can be Costly

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
According to the November 16, 2015 ECampus News, 50% of college freshmen do not graduate, and 30-40% transfer from the institution they attend as freshmen.  These outcomes are largely attributed to a poor fit between the student and the college.

"Selecting a new college or a transfer college is often an arbitrary process that’s often based on geographic location, availability of specific majors, a family attachment to a particular institution, or even a favorite collegiate sports team. And while transfer students already have a “taste” of what college is like – and are equipped with more information than the typical high school senior – unless they are proactive about seeking help, most receive very little support in this area.

As a result, students are largely left to their own devices and expected to “figure things out” on their own. The problem is that while 75 percent of students are consistently accepted into their first-choice university, only one-in-two college freshman ultimately graduate."

An objective, experienced Independent Educational Consultant like me can be of great value here.  I gather critical information from parents, students, and schools and use that information to make a list of suggested schools at which the student is most likely to thrive.  The process is an art since there are many hard-to-measure factors to prioritize and weight before getting the stars to align. The process also includes moving targets, so as additional information becomes available - such as new standardized test scores or a music award - and as the applicant and colleges grow and change, the list of "right-fit" colleges for that applicant may change, too.  

Making a good match relies on my up-to-date understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and cultures of colleges and universities, the talents and desires of the applicant, and the admission process at each school.  It's complicated, but it is an essential part of a well-oiled college search process. 

Doing Away with the Legacy Advantage?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
While I would love to see some of the changes recommended by this Harvard study, it will take a group of courageous schools to lead the way for everyone else, and frankly, I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Click here for the executive summary or here for the full report.

Why Boarding School?

Monday, January 11, 2016