College Deliberately is the brain-child of two University Professors who grew frustrated with students who had chosen colleges that did not match their aspirations.
The Internet has flipped a number of industries that depended on information asymmetry: car dealers used to know more about car prices in the region than the customer — that gave the car dealer and advantage in pricing their cars. Today, apps like ‘TrueCar’ give that information to the consumer, leveling the negotiation. People who like buzzwords call this ‘disrupting’ an industry.
We believe that the college recruitment and placement industry is based on the same kind of information asymmetries — those of us who work in colleges know that a large number of our institutions are in desperate need of students. Yet most students believe that getting into college is equivalent of the Hunger Games. The truth is that with the exception of the Ivies and the Top-20 Research Universities, most institutions will accept most applicants.
And we also know that choosing a college should be about more than choosing a major. Majors are important, certainly, but the role the major plays in your education is more important: for example, liberal arts colleges tend to constrain the number of classes that any given major can require of its students, which gives the individual students wide latitude to take classes they are interested in. Career-focused and technical institutions tend to have majors that prescribe most or even all of the classes the students must take, giving them little to no choice over their courses.
Neither approach is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ — they are suitable for difference contexts and different aspirations. But no college-prep workshop or book will tell you this.
That is what College Deliberately is all about. We’re here to disrupt the college admissions industry by giving you the insider’s view on College admissions, so that you can make the best choice for you.