Is there a perfect college for you?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses how to find the perfect college for you.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Jerome Cole: My name is Jerome Cole; I am the Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.

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    , I am also the founder of the Cole Educational Consulting Services. I have a Masters degree in Education and Human Development with specialty in Secondary School Counseling from the George Washington University. For the past seven years I have worked in both public and private school settings, helping students and families, strategize for college. Today I am going to talk about some of the strategies, some of the steps that you and your students should take to determine, how you go about selecting a college and then ultimately, how you go about being admitted to a college?

    Host: How do you identify the perfect match for your student?

    Jerome Cole: I think the first thing is to say right upfront to students and the families, there is no one perfect match out there, what you want to do is sit down with your student and identify what s important to them. What are things that they feel passion about, what are the places where they think they want to live, the type of people that they want to be around. I think once you identify your needs what you are looking for, what you will discover when you start to visit colleges and talk with your counselors is that, there are more than one school out there for you. If you really, really do your research well, you probably going to come up with maybe half a dozen or more schools that are going to meet all if not most of your needs. So, I would start the question, I would start of by responding to that question by saying, there is no one perfect match but actually there are several schools out there and that would probably meet most students needs.