The Parody of Parity in Admissions

You may have read recently that the SAT and ACT are not the only factors in the elite college admissions process that favor the affluent. Yes, the quality of an applicant’s high school is a significant factor in elite college admissions. So too are letters of recommendation, college essays, activities, … 

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The Elimination of Testing in Admissions Doesn’t Create Equity

The National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which we’re a member, has a listserv in which college admissions officers, high school counselors, and private college counselors among others exchange emails. And what seems like just about every day, a gentleman by the name of Bob Schaeffer, the … 

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Yes, Your Child Is Well-Rounded

America’s highly selective colleges have not sought to admit well-rounded students — students who excel in areas like sports, music, community service, and leadership — in decades. In fact, an article that our founder published many years ago on the topic of the singularly talented students that America’s highly selective … 

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Colorado Bans Legacy Admission

Way to go, Colorado! The Centennial State has made the bold move of banning the practice of legacy admission at institutions that receive state funding. Legacy admission, or the practice of offering preferential treatment to the progeny of a school’s alumni base, has long been responsible for perpetuating a cycle … 

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A Proud Day for Rice University

We have long stressed on the pages of this college admissions blog that the great advantage of attending an elite university is not the in-classroom education. Organic Chemistry is likely not taught much differently at Arizona State University as it as at Harvard University. So what then is the big … 

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On Universities Not Releasing Admissions Statistics

Why do some universities choose to not publish their admissions statistics until they have no choice but to make them public when releasing them to the federal government? Well, if you ask admissions officers at these tightlipped universities, chances are you’d get a response that goes something like this: “We … 

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Artificial Intelligence in Admissions

Implicit bias plays a major role in elite college admissions. It’s a topic we’ve been writing about extensively for many years. It’s a topic that captured the nation’s headlines a couple of years back when a group known as Students For Fair Admissions sued Harvard University for allegedly discriminating against … 

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Your College Choice Matters

Just about every year, someone pens a column focusing on how attending an elite university is highly overrated and how the vast majority of America’s most successful people did not attend elite universities at all. They’ll always be able to find data that supports their argument — just as one … 

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Test-Optional Is Malarkey

When you have a question about highly selective college admissions, it’s best to ask an expert. That means don’t bother going to the deli to ask the butcher. Don’t ask the FedEx deliveryman. And don’t write an advice columnist in your local paper asking if your child should or should … 

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