Many Unqualified Students Applied to Elite Universities This Fall

In spite of articles that detail how applications to American universities are down this fall, loyal readers of our college admissions blog are bracing to learn just how much applications are up at many of our nation’s most selective universities. After all, there are over 900 universities in America. But … 

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Some Georgetown Students and Professors Rally Against Tests in Admissions

As our loyal readers know all too well, “test-optional” policies at universities mean about as much as a $50 gift card on a Black Friday purchase of $1,000 or more at a Five-and-Dime store. Who is purchasing $1,000 worth of goods at a Five-and-Dime? Sorry, we just had to vent … 

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A Misleading Admissions Article in Newspaper of Record

There’s a piece on college admissions in The New York Times today that inspired us to grab a red pen. Yes, The New York Times. The Gray Lady. The Newspaper of Record. The paper that uncovered President Trump’s taxes earlier this year, which is sure to win them a Pulitzer. … 

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Misleading Headlines on Applications This Fall

Headlines in college admissions are too often misleading. In a recent article up on Insider Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik entitled “Applications Are Decreasing,” Jaschik writes about how 8% fewer college applicants submitted applications through November 2 on The Common Application platform. He also writes how 60% of the 921 … 

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UNC Class of 2025 Early Applications

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received 31,940 Early Action applications to its Class of 2025. The figure marks a 10% jump from last year’s Early Action application tally. The rise in Early applications to UNC should not come as a surprise. Yesterday, we posted about the 15% … 

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UVA Class of 2025 Early Applications

A recent Wall Street Journal article on Early application numbers across American universities suggests that applications are down this fall. As Maya Goldman and Melissa Korn report for The Wall Street Journal, “Through Nov. 2, the Common Application had nearly 8% fewer first-year applications than in the same period last … 

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A Changing Wharton

This will not be President Trump’s Wharton. The times they are a-changin’ at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The elite business school recently hired Erika James as its new dean and, well, Dr. James has no intention of maintaining the status quo. Rather, she believes business students … 

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Gap Year Students Tend to Be Wealthy

A parent recently asked us, “Because so many students admitted to the Class of 2024 opted for gap years and because students who tend to take gap years are wealthy, will elite universities compensate this year by admitting more low-income students and fewer privileged applicants?” The answer is an unequivocal … 

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Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

For many years, we’ve stood atop our soapbox in college admissions and made it known that our nation’s highly selective universities unjustly discriminate against Asian American applicants. It has been our long and deeply held belief that admissions officers at these universities, with their implicit biases, hold Asian American applicants … 

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The Worriers of College Admissions

Yesterday, we reported on information from our sources that Early applications are up at a number of highly selective universities this fall. We also reported that applications from low-income students as well as from international students are also up rather significantly at these institutions. And while we are not surprised … 

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