The Common Application Addresses Systemic Racism

Over the years, we’ve been quite critical of The Common Application. We’re especially vocal around college admissions deadlines since The Common App. has a history of, well, going down at key moments. As an example, we had a student this past Regular Decision deadline who nearly fainted when the platform … 

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Students for Fair Admissions Loses Again

Students for Fair Admissions, the group that unsuccessfully sued Harvard University for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants in its holistic college admissions process has faced another legal defeat. This time, the group — led by Edward Blum a.k.a. the one man band challenging Affirmative Action — has lost to … 

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2021-2022 Common Application Going Live

For rising high school seniors, know that The Common Application will go live on August 1st. And what does this mean? It means students can start filling in their applications. Of course, our students are already well underway on their college admissions essays since The Common App. already released the … 

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Wharton Shatters Glass Ceiling

It’s about time. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has done something that its peer institutions — Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management — … 

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A Ridiculous College Waitlist Campaign

Thinking of doing something crazy after being waitlisted by an elite university? Maybe you want to send a cheesecake or baked ziti to the admissions office. Or pitch a tent outside the admissions office. Or buy a bus ad imploring admissions officers to pluck you from limbo. If so, know … 

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The Test-Optional Beneficiaries

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we believe that test-optional admissions policies don’t mean all that much. All else being equal, a student with great test scores will always have an advantage over a student with no test scores. Never, however, did we suggest … 

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Ivy League Olympians in Tokyo

Wondering how many Ivy League students and graduates will be participating in the Olympic Games this summer? We know it’s a question that’s kept you up at night. Well, wonder no more. 90 Ivy League students or graduates will be competing in these Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. And which … 

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The Impossible Dreamers in Admissions

Each and every year around mid-December, we are flooded with emails and forms from students and parents — who were not our clients through the college admissions process — because their Early admission didn’t go according to plan. Shockingly (and yes we say this word with ample sarcasm), their children … 

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