Choose the Best Ranked University Instead of the Best Ranked Program

It never ceases to amaze us when parents and students (and it’s more often the parents) ask us during free consultations how one can optimize one’s case for admission to a specific program — like a chemical engineering program per se. And then when we ask them their top choice … 

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Student’s Rescinded Admission Has Nothing To Do With Conservatism

A core objective of our college admissions blog is to correct misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process — misconceptions perpetuated by the press, by school counselors, by private college counselors, and by the local bodega clerk. In a piece in National Review by Jamil Jivani entitled “How to … 

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Harvard’s Rescinded Acceptance

Yesterday, we wrote about how Harvard University chose to rescind the admission of a survivor of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We explained how, contrary to the beliefs of some skeptics, Harvard did not rescind his admission because of his outspoken conservative stance on gun rights. In … 

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Harvard Rescinds Acceptance of a Parkland Grad

There are many folks out there who believe that our nation’s elite colleges, like the Ivy League colleges, only seek to admit liberal students. That, of course, is a false narrative. To buttress this narrative, many argue that these schools are bastions of liberalism. And they’re not wrong. Ivy League … 

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Cornell Appoints VP for Enrollment

Cornell University recently announced the appointment of Jonathan Burdick as its vice provost for enrollment initiatives and college dean of admissions and financial aid. It’s a title that is quite the mouthful if you ask us but it all essentially boils down to Burdick taking charge of Cornell’s admissions office. … 

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Debunking 5 Falsehoods Presented in a Piece on Early Decision Admissions

One of the core objectives of our college admissions blog is to debunk misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process — misconceptions perpetuated by high school counselors, by admissions officers, by private college consultants, and more. On about a monthly basis, one such high school counselor, Brennan Barnard, presents … 

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Sidwell Friends Grad Wants Case Against School Heard by Supreme Court

There’s more drama, drama, drama coming out of Sidwell Friends, one of Washington, DC’s elite prep schools and the alma mater of the likes of Chelsea Clinton and Malia and Sasha Obama. Recently, we reported that college counselors at Sidwell Friends had quit after being on the receiving end of … 

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On That SAT Adversity Index

In an editorial published this week in The Seattle Times, The Seattle Times editorial board came out in support of the SAT Adversity Index. The board argued that opposition to this index was predictable and then included paragraph after paragraph with evidence-based support of why the Academic Index is called … 

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Dartmouth Senior Survey

At many of our nation’s elite universities, graduating seniors complete surveys before commencement exercises. These surveys are a great way for institutions to check in on what’s working, what’s not working, what needs to be changed, and what doesn’t need to be changed — from campus dining services to safety … 

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A Battle Hymn in Support of Tiger Mom

Eight years ago, Amy Chua released Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a memoir that made The New York Times bestseller list and sparked a worldwide debate about how parents should rear their children. Some lauded the book as a treatise on how to raise children, while others derided Chua’s … 

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