Monthly Archives: December 2010

Legacies & Donors May Trump Academic Merit

As Dan Thommasson points out in reporter news, admissions committees move in mysterious ways, and applicants who have the advantage of family legacies or generous donors may have the edge of over candidates with stronger academic credentials:   Sunday, December 26, 2010 A lot … Continue reading

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Frustrations with the Common Application

Beware of technical difficulties that are causing frustrations as students attempt to complete the Common application online. In a report from citytowninfo.com, they state how students are running into assorted problems as they complete their forms: December 27, 2010 With … Continue reading

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Do Colleges Actually Read Your Application?

A post by Nick Lehr makes you wonder how closely applications are read by admissions staff when he takes a look at the case of Adam Wheeler and Harvard: How easy is it to forge a Harvard application? Just ask … Continue reading

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Updates to Federal Student Loan Programs

In a Kiplinger’s Article, Jane Bennett Clark details some of the upcoming changes in student loan programs: The bill that put the finishing touches on health-care legislation also changed the rules regarding student loans for higher education. As of July, … Continue reading

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SAT: 9 Tips You Can Use

Brian Burnsed on a post to US News & World Report provides his insights on the SAT and has listed 9 tips that he believes will help you you out as you prepare for the SAT: hey’re the three letters … Continue reading

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Ready for the SAT or the ACT?

Lucia Graves, of U.S. News & World Report, describes in her article some valuable tips as you jump into the college testing process:   SAT or ACT? While more high schoolers still take the SAT than the ACT (1.5 million versus 1.3 … Continue reading

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How is the College Admission Process Changing?

In a post by Kim Clark of US News & World Report, she describes some of the changes that admissions committees are making in the way they select students: Colleges, swamped by applications from increasingly anxious high schoolers, are changing … Continue reading

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Early Applicants Have the Edge!

In an article on 12/15/2010, by Kim Clark in US News & World Report, Kim explains in almost all cases early applicants have and edge over other applicants:   High school seniors who apply to college early–through “Early Decision” or “Early … Continue reading

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Advice from Heads of College Admissions

The Washington Post hosted a conversation with  Greg Roberts, dean of admission at the University of Virginia, and Jill Medina, associate director of admissions for Oberlin College, to talk about the admissions process. Jenna Johnson’s article reports the question and comments … Continue reading

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Colleges Start to Release Early Action / Early Decision Admission Letters

On December 16, Jenna Johnson at the Washington Post put together a listing of schools that are releasing the first wave of admission letters from their ealry action and early decision programs:   MIT: On Thursday, the first 772 students were … Continue reading

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