Considering A College or University Out of the Box
In every community, there are a set of colleges and universities that are on everyone’s mind and tend to be considered by many of the college bound. These “usual suspects” among the colleges and universities may be known because of proximity, size, low cost or even athletic prowess. The purpose of this session, conducted by a home school dad of two and a senior admissions and aid leader, is to encourage students and parents to think “outside the box” on college choices. We will discuss thinking more broadly than your “usual suspects” and discuss colleges and universities that may be further away from home geographically, have a smaller sized student body, or have a particularly distinctive institutional personality such as being a single gender college, having a strong emphasis on student work or being located in an unusual location. The hope of this session is that it will give students and parents permission to look more widely as they consider more than simply the “usual suspects.”
Brett E. Kennedy serves as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at Berry College and is a home school dad of two. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Alabama. He has 24 years of experience working in college admissions, financial aid, orientation and parent programming. He has worked at three national liberal arts colleges and two national flagship research universities.