We did it ourselves too with our first child who is off to college in the fall (second is just entering high school). Between us, my husband and I have studied and/or taught at enough colleges that we felt we had a pretty good and current idea of what it is all about (I am changing fields and in grad school again right now). The one thing I regret is that I did not find the "Ask the Dean" column sooner! Even though I surfed the forums here on collegeconfidential for the past 6 months or so, somehow I did not see it. So many of the questions I had are answered here. Thank you, Sally -- I am recommending this forum to all of my friends.