Top Colleges Want Students Who Love Them

Penn asks the question. So does Cornell. Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Yale do, too. The list of highly selective colleges that asks the question goes on and on. So what question is it, you ask? The verbiage may be different depending on the school but the question is the same: … 

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Johns Hopkins University’s Favorite Son

One of the world’s most prolific benefactors has done it again: he’s given away more of his fortune. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rewarded his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, again. This loyal son of Johns Hopkins has a history of giving back — and giving back big — to the … 

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University of Chicago Class Size Expansion

The University of Chicago has announced plans to expand its undergraduate student body — to 7,000 students. By design, each UChicago incoming class would thus total around 1,700 students. This past fall, UChicago welcomed an incoming class that was about 100 students larger than anticipated — due to the school’s … 

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Monogrammed Laundry Bags Don’t Optimize Admission

Some folks visit colleges by car. Some folks visits colleges by bus. And still others visit colleges by private jet. That’s right. By private jet.┬áToday, we thought we’d poke a bit of fun at a service that takes students around by private jet to tour colleges. On these private jet … 

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An Analysis of College Application Fees

Which university in America takes in the most money from college application fees? Wonder no more. We’ve got that data — for students who enrolled in the fall of 2016, courtesy of “24/7 Wall Street.” It’s the University of California – Los Angeles. UCLA charged applicants $70 and the school … 

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On Being Yourself in College Admissions

It’s important to be yourself. A lot of folks give their friends pep talks before they go on dates. Maybe their words of encouragement go something like, “Just be you.” It’s simple. It’s straightforward. And it’s advice that folks often also apply to the highly selective college admissions process. But … 

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Colleges By Jewish Population

We thought we’d share with our readers today a ranking of the top public and private universities in America by Jewish population, courtesy of Hillel. So which schools boast the most Jewish students in their student bodies? Wonder no more. We’ve got the rankings for our readers. Public Universities By … 

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America’s View on Affirmative Action

Curious to know America’s view on Affirmative Action? Wonder no more. Back in 2016, a Gallup poll suggested that 60% of American adults generally favored the practice of Affirmative Action. Additionally, 70% of American adults surveyed suggested that college applicants should be judged on merit alone — and that race … 

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The Looming Early Admission Deadline

Around this time of year, many seniors and the parents of seniors reach out to us in the hope of improving their case for admission. Our first question to them typically goes something like this: “Where are you applying Early?” In many cases, the reply goes something like this: “He’s … 

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5 Points of Hypocrisy in College Admissions

Is there some hypocrisy in college admissions? Some? There’s a whole lot of hypocrisy. Today, for kicks, let’s focus on five points of hypocrisy. Here goes: 1. Many of our nation’s most elite universities profess to be need-blind in their decision-making, claiming not to consider a student’s ability to pay … 

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