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.

Weird College Rankings

If you’re at all involved with the world of college admissions or college in general, you’ve no doubt seen all the different varieties of college rankings. If you’ve spent much time on the College Confidential discussion forum, especially in the late summer, you’ve probably seen the massive discussions — sometimes heated arguments — about the…


College “Fit” vs. Rejection

Most of you high school seniors who have chosen Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) have already submitted your applications. Now, you’re managing your academics, extracurriculars, and looking at other colleges, either as additional candidates beyond your EA school(s) or as a contingency in case your mid-December results are not what you desired. Speaking…


Lost in Translation

High school seniors who are headed to college, as well as their parents, should know how to translate the words they hear from college admissions officials. This also applies to what they read on colleges’ Web sites and in their related literature. My College Confidential colleague, Sally Rubenstone, refers to this language as “AdmissionSpeak.” Shades…


College Mythology 101

The annual cycle of college admissions just keeps on turning. Here we are again on the cusp of yet another November 1 Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED) deadline. The gears keep on grinding, year after year. The desire to seek higher education is something that is either born into or instilled into young…


National Merit Money from Mozart?

How do you study for standardized tests? It’s interesting to see how students prepare their brains and bodies for the challenges of the SAT, ACT, PSAT, Subject Tests et al. Some new information brings those practices to light. In a message entitled “Survey: Students Prepping for PSAT Reveal Music, Snack Habits,” the folks at Kaplan…


College Confidential’s Road Trip

College Confidential co-founder, Roger Dooley, made an announcement last week: College Confidential is transitioning to Hobsons’ longtime partner, Roadtrip Nation, an organization dedicated to helping students succeed in school and in life. (Learn more here.) Founded by three college students who hit the road post-college to try and find their own paths, Roadtrip Nation has…