*POCSmom’s Insight: A Successful College List: The Plan (Part 1 of 3)

Cliché: Choose wisely.  
POCS Reality: A successful college list is the foundation of the college process.     

Finding Your College PAL

Did you ever find a needle in a 4,000 straw haystack? That’s the challenge for prospective college students forming a college list from over 4,000 schools.

The goal is to form a college list with 6-8 affordable schools that have the Programs, Activities, and Location for best chance of student future success. So how do you pick your lucky seven? Answer pocsmom’s 3 category questions and you’ll be able to pick your college needles from the college haystack by finding your college PAL:


What courses are offered in your field of study? How often are they offered? How large/important is the department and can it go on if a professor or two leaves or is on sabbatical?


What extracurricular clubs, sports, and events are offered? Are they seasonal? What is the level of participation?


What is the ease/cost of student and parent visitation. What is the availability of internships in your field of study? If offered a job, would you be happy to relocate?

POCSmom’s Insight: I’ll keep sharing my DIY tips and expert insights through my blog, website, social media, and other events. Please join me!

Read more: My 5 Steps to a Successful College List by joining a FREE college prep virtual blog conference Pursuing Greatness 2011 August 22 – 27, 2011. This conference will feature experts who will provide tips and tools for future college students and their families:


POCSmom is on the radio! Listen to a half-hour show about music, stress, and college prep. Today, Tuesday August 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM and Friday August 26, 2011 at 11:30. Live streaming-WHPC Radio:


If you miss it live, it will go archive:


Stay tuned for A Successful College List-The Strategy (Part 2 of 3): College Admission Requirements, Student Qualifications, and the Affordability Factor

*POCS: Parent Of a College Student

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