Penn Diversity

Students at the University of Pennsylvania recently confronted administrators at a University Council meeting on the administration’s goals to increase diversity on campus. At this meeting, students voiced displeasure at both UPenn’s efforts to recruit underrepresented minority students as well as faculty and the resources available to underrepresented minority students … 

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Likely Letters

If you get a letter from a college that tells you that the admissions committee was deeply impressed by your application and that you’re a likely candidate for admission, you’ve just received what is known as a Likely Letter. Likely Letters are sent out by many of our nation’s highly … 

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College Admissions Literature

There’s a review in today’s The New York Times of Crazy U, a book written by a father, Andrew Ferguson, whose son recently applied to colleges. The review, penned by Dwight Garner and entitled “Application Adventure: A Dad’s College Essay,” is overwhelmingly positive. But buyer beware: This is an example of … 

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Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and Rankings

The magazines that rank our best colleges, graduate schools, boarding schools, hospitals, health plans, doctors, nursing homes, and high schools do so because they’re in the business of selling magazines. And, of course, we buy into this craze. Rankings have an important place in our American culture. Yet once you … 

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Senior Slide and its Impact on College Admissions

When reviewing our students’ senior course selections, we are often asked how senior year courses and grades are factored into college admissions decisions. The following are some typical questions that we receive: Q. Since college admissions officers will only see my transcript through my junior year, how will they know … 

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Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA: Is There An Advantage?

With high schools across the country having different grading scales, one may wonder how colleges understand and interpret an applicant’s transcript. Some high schools have grading scales based on 100%, while others are based on 4.0, 5.0, and we’ve even seen 15.0. At some high schools, honors classes are given … 

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Waiving Rights on the College Application

On the Secondary School Report and the Teacher Evaluation of The Common Application, the question reads: “IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE: Under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), after you matriculate you will have access to this form and all other recommendations and supporting documents submitted by … 

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Most Competitive Class in History

For many seniors, the college admissions process was a long, frustrating and, at times, worrisome ordeal but just because it’s over doesn’t mean that you can forget about the remaining months ahead before you begin college in the fall. Finals are coming up very soon and your final grades must … 

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