Seniors and the Looming Early Deadline

If you’re the parent of a high school senior, would it surprise you to know that we know exactly what’s going on inside your household these days? Allow us to paint you a picture. Your child is convinced that he or she is doing everything right in their college applications. … 

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Colleges Tracking Applicants

Are you a high school senior going on lots of college websites, like the Harvard website or the Brown website, just so these colleges know you’ve expressed interest by visiting the sites? If so and if you’re clicking on these sites just so that these schools can check to see … 

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The Moneyball of Ivy League Sports

As our readers know, America’s elite colleges, including the Ivy League colleges, seek singularly talented students. One such singular talent can absolutely be a sport — provided the student is being recruited by the college coach at that institution for that sport. If a student swims but isn’t fast enough … 

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ACT to Score Exams Faster and Report Superscores

Yesterday, we wrote about the most high profile of the changes coming to the ACT. These newly announced changes will take effect in September 2020 — unless of course the proposed changes are reversed. And, yes, changes can be reversed…just ask College Board about their SAT Adversity Score! But we … 

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White Privilege at Harvard

Between the 2014 and 2019 college admissions cycles, 43% of white students admitted to Harvard University were either legacies, recruited athletes, development cases (as noted on the Dean’s Interest List), and/or the children of Harvard faculty/staff. It’s a statistic that isn’t the least bit surprising to us or likely to … 

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Implicit Biases of Admissions Officers

In her landmark decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case, Judge Allison Burroughs suggested that Harvard’s admissions officers might well benefit from some training on their implicit biases. As she wrote in her ruling in favor of Harvard, “Notwithstanding the fact that Harvard’s admissions program survives … 

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Admissions Officers Are a Little Bit Racist Just Like Everyone Else

As we have long argued on the pages of our college admissions blog and in the press, the vast majority of admissions officers at our nation’s elite colleges do not intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants. No, the vast majority of admissions officers discriminate against Asian American applicants unknowingly when … 

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Harvard Does Not Intentionally Discriminate

One of the counts in which Harvard University was charged in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case was whether or not the school intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants. While we have long been outspoken that Harvard, along with all highly selective colleges across America, discriminates against … 

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Harvard Does Not Use Racial Quotas

In the coming weeks, we’re going to be highlighting some portions of the decision reached in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case as Judge Allison Burroughs’ 130-page decision abounds in interesting conclusions — and, frankly, fodder about the highly selective college admissions process. Today, we wanted to … 

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