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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. 

Obama's College Search Advice

Monday, October 05, 2015

President Obama speaking to students in Des Moines, Iowa about his daughter, Malia's, college search:  

"One piece of advice that I've given her is not to stress too much about having to get into one particular college," Obama said. "There are a lot of good colleges and universities out there, and it's important, I think, for everybody here to understand you can find a college or university that gives you a great education. 

"Just because it's not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn't mean that you're not going to get a great education there. So one is, lower the stress levels in terms of just having to get into one particular school." 

While the President's thoughtful words seemed like sound advice; not only for his own daughter, but for the students he was speaking to, he was sure to note that he could only offer his help, "assuming that Malia will listen to [his] advice."

Adding "she's very much like her mother at this point. She's got her own mind."