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1950 to Today: How Has Ivy League Admissions Evolved?

Among the great mysteries of the world is the formula for college admissions at top colleges.  In an effort to help demystify the process,  John Thelin takes an historical perspective here at insidehighered.com: “Fair Harvard” is not always fair. That … Continue reading

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Tips from College Admissions Pros

US News provides six tips from college admissions professionals: #1:  Build on Your Academic Strengths #2:  Get a Handle on the Tests #3:  Think Outside Your Schools Extracurriculars #4:  Consider Recommendations Early #5:  Do a Social Media Check #6:  Show … Continue reading

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How Do Admissions Officers Look at Race?

This is the question that Harvard admissions officers had to answer in court testimony.  Nell Gluckman provides more details on the case here in the The Chronicle of Higher Education: How exactly do Harvard College admissions officials think about race … Continue reading

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5 Subtle Ways the Wealthy May Have a College Admissions Advantage

Sure, donating to your desired school doesn’t hurt, but Jillian Berman suggests there may be five less obvious ways that the wealthy have an edge in college admissions: Continuing disparities in K-12 education The focus on SAT and ACT scores … Continue reading

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Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard

Asian Americans discriminated against at Harvard?  That is the question in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.  Get more information here from P.R. Lockhart.

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High School Transcripts Without Grades?

Transcripts without grades?  Yes, that’s right.  A coalition of high schools are on the path to transcripts that dispense with grades.  Scott Jaschik explains in his article in www.insidehighered.com: More than 100 elite private high schools aim to replace traditional transcripts … Continue reading

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Losing Sleep on Your College Admission Essay?

More sleep is lost on the essay than any other part of the college application.  One of the reasons is the difficulty and choosing the topic.  This article in the New York Times won’t make it any easier, but it … Continue reading

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Insights from Yale’s Former Admissions Director Might Surprise You…

Ed Boland, former Director of Admissions for Yale, has been promoting his new book, but has also been sharing some insights from his time at Yale.  Here is the story from the New York Post:   In his new book, … Continue reading

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The Secret to Getting Accepted Into All of the Ivy League Schools…

Know the secret?  Ifeoma White-Thorpe does!  She pulled off an impressive sweep….accepted into all eight Ivies and Stanford as well.  Here is a profile from GMA/ABC on this New Jersey student who has a tough decision to make: Ifeoma White-Thorpe, … Continue reading

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I am a Legacy…So Now What?

“I am a legacy”…that has a nice ring to it, but what does that really get you?  Well, it doesn’t hurt, but how much it helps may depend?  Ishan Puri, in the Huffington Post Article below, takes on this question … Continue reading

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