The 2e College Search: Throw the Rankings Away

Society often revolves around social constructs, perceptions, and opinions. This is evident in the global obsession with university rankings, and there are plenty to name: U.S. News and World Report,, Time Higher Ed, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, QS World, Leiden, Eduniversal, and more. With all the noise, it can be hard to block rankings talk out of the college search process. However, when working with twice-exceptional students, I encourage families to throw the rankings away. 

Every 2e student has unique needs, which institutions may or may not be able to accommodate. With over 4,500 universities in America and more overseas, parents have many options beyond those schools that tend to dominate the college conversation. Many ...


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About Lauren Joyce Hensel

Lauren is an independent education consultant pursuing a certificate in independent college counseling from the University of California Irvine. During her master's program in public administration, she found her love of educational policy and advocacy. Her oldest son is twice-exceptional and attends an international school in Europe, where she has championed for increased access to services and better professional development for teachers. In her business, Launch Education Advisors, she inspires and mentors students to reach their full potential. Her specializations are expat, international, third culture, and twice-exceptional students in addition to student-athletes. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around Europe, sampling coffee, riding her bakfiets, and enjoying time with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Launch Education Advisors is a boutique education guidance consultancy focused on providing post secondary guidance to expat/international, twice-exceptional, and global-minded families. Connect with Launch on Facebook and Twitter (@launchedad).