University of California Waitlist Statistics

Are you stuck in waitlist limbo at a University of California school? Maybe at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, San Diego, or the University of California, Santa Barbara? If so, well, you might be curious to learn if there are … 

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ACT Section Retesting Is Off

Back in late 2019, a time that seems like eons ago, ACT, Inc., the maker of the ACT, announced that they would be unveiling individual section retesting of the exam. As the organization released to the public back then, beginning in September 2020, test-takers would have the option of retaking … 

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A Call for The College Board to Change Its AP Testing Policy

Back in January, The College Board announced the elimination of the SAT Subject Tests. The SAT Subject Tests had long been one of The College Board’s major lines of business but the organization, facing the toughest year it has faced in its history, saw the writing on the wall. With … 

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The Fable of Test-Optional

Curious if students who submit test scores to test-optional schools enjoy an advantage over students who don’t submit test scores? In the words of the gatekeepers at many highly selective institutions, students who don’t submit scores to test-optional schools enjoy no such advantage. In fact, when we suggested in a … 

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A Confession on College Rankings

What do our nation’s elite college admissions offices care about most? Loyal readers of our college admissions blog know our answer to this query: the all-important US News & World Report rankings. For many years — for decades in fact — we made this assertion much to the chagrin of … 

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Ivy League Athletic Equality Index

Wondering which Ivy League university athletic department is the most LGBTQ+ friendly? Wonder no more! Athlete Ally releases an Athletic Equality Index, which was recently the subject of an article in The Dartmouth, America’s oldest college newspaper. In the piece, Dartmouth College students reflect on their athletic administration’s policies impacting … 

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Indian American Discrimination in Admissions

For many years, we have argued that the way to bring about an end to Asian American discrimination in elite college admissions was through a groundswell of opposition, through a movement by the people and of the people speaking up and speaking out. When folks sought to end Asian American … 

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On Admission Rates Approaching Zero

Back in 2016, opinion writer Frank Bruni wrote a satirical piece in The New York Times about how Stanford University’s admission rate had hit zero. As he opined in his piece entitled “College Admissions Shocker!,” “Cementing its standing as the most selective institution of higher education in the country, Stanford … 

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The Business of Admissions

The private college counseling industry goes under the microscope in a piece out today in The Yale Daily News. In the piece, “‘Gray Area’: College Admissions and the Private Counseling Machine,” reporter Xavier Blackwell-Lipkind tackles the question of whether the private college counseling industry essentially perpetuates inequity in the college … 

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It Really Was the Most Competitive Year Ever in Admissions

Was the 2020-2021 college admissions cycle the most competitive ever? Year after year, elite colleges love to tout how students faced “the most competitive year ever.” They then so often back up these assertions with statistics, including mushrooming application numbers and diminishing admission rates fast approaching zero. It seems rather … 

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