We hear so much about how to pick a college, so let's address how not to pick a college.
When we ask our students if they have a particular major or career interest, one of three things happens. Usually, we get a blank stare. Sometimes, the student whips out a detailed résumé illustrating his undying love for, say, architecture. And then, there are those students who want to major in pre-med, pre-law, pre-education, pre-everything.
Rule No. 1: Don't narrow the field based on the availability of a pre-anything major. These are really hard to find. Why? They don't exist. All of the above are pre-professional pathways, and most colleges offer advising in these areas. It's true that some colleges have stronger pre-professional advising than others, and if your child is leaning toward graduate school, identifying a college's undergraduate preparation for grad school is essential.