UChicago Class of 2023 Yield

Curious about the percentage of students admitted to the University of Chicago‘s Class of 2023 who chose to matriculate? That figure would be 83%. That’s right. 83% of students who got into the school ranked #3 in the latest US News & World Report rankings — behind only Princeton University … 

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On Ignoring the People Who Say to Ignore College Rankings

College rankings should be ignored, right? Wrong. We came across a piece published today in The Los Angeles Times by Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis entitled “Don’t focus on college rankings lists, which are misleading and easily manipulated by colleges” that we feel the need to scribble red pen all … 

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Preferential Treatment in Admissions for Children of Influential Politicians

Tucker Carlson, the Fox News pundit and host of his eponymous nightly TV show, recently focused a segment on how our nation’s elite colleges offer preferential treatment to the children of well known and influential Democrats. He cites Chelsea Clinton’s admission to Stanford University, Chris Cuomo’s admission to Yale University, … 

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More on the Sidwell Friends Drama

As we’ve previously reported, the alma mater of the likes of Chelsea Clinton as well as Malia and Sasha Obama — the Bethesda, Maryland-based Sidwell Friends School — has made headlines in recent weeks, headlines for all the wrong reasons. First there was the report that two of the school’s … 

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The Importance of Checking Spam Folder During Admissions Process

We recently undercut an argument that it’s important for college applicants to respond to a school’s mass emails as a way of demonstrating interest. The argument was, of course, ridiculous. Imagine replying to every mass email sent by Costco: “Thank you for all of the fantastic information about your Gala … 

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UPenn is Not the Only Ivy that Values Demonstrated Interest

Yesterday, we scribbled our red notes on a Newsweek piece penned by Jenni Fink in which she essentially underscored the importance of opening and responding to mass emails from colleges as a way to demonstrate interest. One of the chief objectives of our college admissions blog is, after all, to … 

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On Showing Interest in Colleges

A recent Newsweek piece by Jenni Fink entitled “Ignoring Emails From Colleges Could Hurt Students’ Chances At Being Accepted, Admissions Experts Say” focuses on the importance of Demonstrated Interest to our nation’s elite colleges. As one can intuit from the title, the writer makes the case that not opening mass … 

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The Struggles of First-Generation College Students

On our college admissions blog, we’ve touched over the years upon the significance — from the standpoint of highly selective college admissions — of being the first in one’s immediate family to attend college. In short, our nation’s elite colleges covet these very students. You’ll note in just about every … 

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Choose the Best Ranked University Instead of the Best Ranked Program

It never ceases to amaze us when parents and students (and it’s more often the parents) ask us during free consultations how one can optimize one’s case for admission to a specific program — like a chemical engineering program per se. And then when we ask them their top choice … 

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Securing Great Letters of Recommendation for College

When applying to highly selective colleges, students should be submitting two teacher recommendations as well as a school counselor recommendation. Many students and particularly their parents believe the more recommendations a student submits the merrier, but these folks — of course — are disillusioned. An additional letter of recommendation from … 

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