College Counselor’s Corner: Walk Through a Campus in the Snow

Six more weeks of winter? Those of us involved in the college process will take full advantage of that time. Here are some activities that you and your student can do before the start of spring:

Walk Through a Campus in the Snow

On Tuesday, I led 10 juniors around Princeton University, where the light snow only added to the beauty. Our group stopped at the admissions office, two libraries, the chapel, and the house once used by Princeton presidents. We concluded our tour at Princeton Stadium, where the snowflakes and empty seats reminded us that, except for the Patriots and Falcons, football season was long over. The juniors didn’t hesitate to stop and ask questions and seemed impressed by what for many was a first college visit and even a first-ever trip to the town of Princeton.

A special thanks to Classics phenom Elena Soulier for organizing the trip to the Princeton University Art Museum and to junior Aubrey Meyer for helping me navigate the campus.

The Hudson A Team takes the field at Princeton Stadium.

The Hudson A Team takes the field at Princeton Stadium.

Guess the Most Expensive College in Each State

The other day, Business Insider posted “The Most Expensive College in Every U.S. State,” which it based on College Board’s compiled 2016-17 information (total cost of room and board). Here are some “winners” that might surprise you:



You Might Have Thought . . .

But It’s Actually . . .


Stanford ($62,091)

Harvey Mudd ($69,717)


Yale ($64,650)

Trinity College ($66,440)


University of Miami ($60,314)

Rollins College ($60,970)


Bowdoin ($63,500)

Bates College ($64,500)


Harvard ($63,025)

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ($66,445)

New Jersey

Princeton ($60,090)

Stevens ($62,338)


Penn ($66,000)

Haverford ($66,490)


As I verified these numbers, I found a nice feature allowing a student or family to compare colleges side by side on the College Board website.

By the way, Princeton projects that its 2017-18 cost of attendance will be $66,645. Score!

Hudson’s Neighbor, Stevens: More expensive than Princeton?

Hudson’s Neighbor, Stevens: More expensive than Princeton?

“Don’t base your decision on sticker price alone,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and author of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. When it comes to offering financial aid, private colleges typically are more generous.”A private school might end up being more affordable than a typical public college in your state,” Franek stated.


In the book, the the top five overall are:

  • Princeton

  • Stanford

  • MIT

  • Harvey Mudd

  • Cal Tech


“Princeton has eliminated all loans for students who qualify for aid. Instead, awards come in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid and the average scholarship is $44,890 — making the total cost just $15,640,” according to Franek.

Colleges ranked by amount of financial aid awarded and student satisfaction with their aid package are:

  • Pomona

  • Vassar

  • Princeton

  • Colgate

  • Haverford

There are many other lists in the book, including career placement (MIT), internships (Bentley), alumni network (Wabash), making an impact (Wesleyan), and payback for students not needing aid (Cal Tech), proving that it’s possible to make a list for just about anything! Remember: It’s the college and the match that you look for, not where a particular school ranks on a company’s list.

Research Scholarships

Looking for scholarship information? Try, which has just announced 11 new February scholarships. These include recognizing students as composers, animal lovers, and gift recipients! Unigo also offers a scholarship match feature.

Another resource on how to understand scholarships: MoneySaving Pro. The clear explanation of how to research and apply is much appreciated, and the site even reviews scholarship websites (e.g., Fastweb).

Read About College Consortia

This week, my article, “College Consortia: A Cooperative Model That Offers Students Greater Value,” hit Some of you know that I’m a big proponent of the consortium model, which offers a winning strategy for colleges and is greatly beneficial for students. Consortia featured include Five Colleges, Baltimore Collegetown, Quaker Consortium, and the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

Watch Super Bowl Ads

If you’re a fan of commercials, you know about SC Johnson: A Family Company Its CEO, reports the Wall Street Journal, just donated $150 million to Cornell’s newly merged college that brings together hotel administration, applied economics, and graduate business. It will be called the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. So now we have SC Johnson: A Family College.

Make Plans for Summer

Some summer pre-college programs don’t seem worth the money. But Stevens Pre-College, which has a February 15 registration deadline, offers cybersecurity, introduction to coding, and virtual reality. These are huge skills and areas for the future.

There’s so much to do on a cold weekend. Email me with questions!



Nina Berler

College Counselor

The Hudson School

(201) 659-8335 x119

2017-03-02T17:33:38+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|
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