College Visits

Union College Joins the Gourmet Guide

At Union, everybody in the admission office (many of them alums!) gets in on the restaurant review act on their "Meet the Staff" pages of the school's website. Here are their recommendations: From Matthew Malatesta, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment, Class of 1991 Café Nola 617 Union Street Schenectady, New York A great lunch stop for New Orleans cuisine. Gershon's 1600 Union Street Schenectady, New York It's really first-rate. The best deli north of New York City. Peter Pause 535 Nott Street Schenectady, New York A great family-owned place to get breakfast or lunch just on the edge of campus. Terrific breakfast specials and wonderful soups. Perrecca's Bakery 33 North Jay Street Schenectady, New York Perrecca's makes great bread! This story explains more, including how Jack Nicholson gets it delivered (still?). They also do a good breakfast and lunch business.

We're back...

Happy 2012! We're excited to be back. In this new year, we pledge to continue to provide students and families with our expert advice about applying to college, bolstered with the insights and contributions of deans of admission and high school college counselors from across the country. We'll be candid and straightforward about what the process requires, but at the same time, we really believe it's important to bring a sense of humor to it -- and sometimes even an appreciation of the absurd (some of those headlines!).

In the next few months, we'll be talking about stress, senioritis, and decisions for seniors, providing you with some sound bites for handling conversations with your peers and other parents. For juniors, we'll be talking researching schools and campus visits -- and we'll be adding to the Gourmet Guide so you'll know where to find the best burgers, coffee, or haute cuisine as you take part in this rite of passage.

Princeton joins the Gourmet Guide

Check out the latest addition to the Gourmet Guide. The best sweets, late night restaurants, nouvelle cuisine, and -- most important -- coffeeshop to be found in the environs of Princeton University. The little town of Princeton, we are told, has more ice cream shops per capita than any other place this world traveling alum reviewer has visited.