About Dave Berry

Dave is co-founder of College Confidential and College Karma Consulting, co-author of America's Elite Colleges: The Smart Buyer's Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools, and has over 25 years of experience helping high schoolers gain admission to Ivy League and other ultra-selective schools. He is an expert in the areas application strategies, stats evaluation, college matching, student profile marketing, essays, personality and temperament assessment, and Web-based admissions counseling. Dave is a College of Arts and Architecture graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has won national awards for his writing on higher education issues, marketing campaigns, and communications programs. He brings this expertise to the discipline of college admissions and his role as a student advocate. His College Quest newspaper page won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher's Association Newspapers in Education Award, the Thomson Newspapers President's Award for Marketing Excellence, and the Inland Press Association-University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Mass Communications Inland Innovation Award for the Best New Page. His pioneering journalism program for teenagers, PRO-TEENS, also received national media attention. Dave also won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award for Celebrate Diversity!, a program teaching junior high school students about issues of tolerance. His College Knowledge question-and-answer columns have been published in newspapers throughout the United States. Dave loves Corvettes, classical music, computers, and miniature dachshunds. He and his wife Sharon have a daughter, son, and four grandchildren.

The Orientation Express

All aboard!  The Orientation Express is leaving the station. For some of you, it may have already left. Freshman orientation is a college’s way of welcoming you (and your tuition dollars) with open arms. It’s a carefully planned and executed event designed to acquaint you with a much deeper understanding of the school, its resources,…


Higher Ed Amenities

What is an “amenity”? Let’s formally define that term: Google tells us that it’s “a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place,” or “the pleasantness of a place or a person.” For the purposes of our discussion today, let’s combine and specify those definitions in terms of my post’s title: “A…


Tour de Campus

July is always a great month for sports watching. Since I was once a competitive tennis player, the Wimbledon Championships always hold my interest across that special fortnight. The other, much bigger scale, European event is the Tour de France, which covers three weeks, across some insanely gorgeous and punishing roads. As I write this,…