One of the interesting things about my job is that I get to deal with many students, prospective students, and their parents. Over the years I have been asked and answered many questions, some really good, some really bad, and some questions repeatedly crop up. When I dig down I often find that the students and the parents really have no reason for asking the question other than they think they should ask it. They often ask fairly complicated questions and expect a simple one- or two-word answer. I have also detected shift in attitude and now some students, and their parents, think deciding on a college education is the equivalent of comparison shopping at Wal-Mart and Best Buy.
Over the next little while I think I will address some of these common questions here. Perhaps they will help others looking for a college to really think about what they are asking and to have a better understanding of the answers they are given.