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Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0

That is a question which, can only be answered by asking another: how do you define a "good school"? Some individuals only consider a good school to be one that is listed as Tier 1 when in reality that is far from the truth. Tier 1 schools are outstanding in their own way but we cannot dismiss the solid quality education students receive at local, two and four year state colleges. John Walsh, Billy Crystal and Tom Hanks all attended local community colleges before moving on with their lives. From Montclair State University a state funded college: Bruce Willis (actor), Melba Moore (entertainer), Marge Roukema (Congresswoman), Warren Farrell (author), Allen Ginsberg (poet), Mike Fratello (basketball coach, sport commentator), Joan Voss (NJ politician), Ted Strickland - Asbury University, Kentucky (former Ohio governor and US Congressman).

This article discusses the value of those schools not designated as Tier 1: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ricksmith/2014/11/24/your-elite-school-is-not-worth-the-cost-studies-say/

Tier 1 schools are wonderful no doubt but, there are equally outstanding values to be found at those colleges designated as Tier 2 or 3. The greater the effort, the participation, the engagement ,the greater the overall education and, experience. Good Luck!

Jon Semcer Points0
Being admitted to the most highly selective schools in the country does not automatically mean you will be successful after you graduate. That degree might get you that first job but will it mean promotions, many raises or that you will earn a great salary? No.

One of the most common myths in college admissions among families is " the good school". It is equal to the "well rounded student" -- not sure what that means either. A college that meets your educational goals, fits you socially, can provide opportunities for leadership in clubs and on campus, can meet or surpass financial aid needs and one where you have reasonable chance to graduate in four years might be called a " good school" for you.

In the case of someone else that school is not a " good school" for them. It is amazing that when a survey of students is taken and the question of what is a good school is asked, the same schools appear on most students' list. Not being able to afford a certain college does not mean your daughter has to settle for a second rate education. No matter where a student attends undergraduate school they will have every opportunity to apply and be accepted to graduate schools if that is what they want. Of course, the key is to make the most of the opportunities you had in your undergraduate days -- earn outstanding grades, be a leader in the classroom and on campus, take challenging classes and demonstrate to your teachers that you are motivated.

"Good" is in the eye of the beholder and not attending one of these schools is not the end of the line. What are her options you ask? Hundreds of other schools that match / fit your daughter's needs. They are out there looking for students such as your daughter. Find them, they might be closer than you think. Good luck !

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