Parents Who Donate to Colleges

A Stanford Law School professor, Ralph Richard Banks, recently penned an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times that has since come under fire. In his piece, entitled “Donating money to help your child get into college isn’t wrong,” Banks argues, “Universities should not be relieved of their obligation to enhance … 

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Choice of Major vs. Where You Attend College

There are a lot of folks out there who argue that where you go to college doesn’t matter a whole lot, that what you choose as a major is so much more important. In fact, there’s a column up on MarketWatch today by Liz Weston, a personal finance accountant, entitled … 

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Thank You For Your Service

We love to hear people thank our service-members for their dutiful service to our nation. “Thank you for your service” is a beautiful expression that relays gratitude and appreciation for wearing the uniform of our nation. But we believe thanking service-members for their selfless devotion to duty is not enough. … 

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UChicago’s Rising Tuition

Within just a few years time, the annual cost to attend some of our nation’s most elite universities will reach six figures. And make no mistake — it is our nation’s most elite universities that set tuition benchmarks across the land. The reason? It all traces to the fundamental economic … 

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The Early Round of College Admissions Is For All

The Early Decision / Early Action round offers its advantages in terms of admissions statistics. For the Class of 2023, 2.8% of Regular Decision applicants earned admission to Harvard; 13.4% of Harvard’s Early Action applicants this same year earned admission to the Cambridge, Massachusetts institution. These statistics are emblematic of … 

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An Aristocracy of Talent at America’s Elite Universities

One of our nation’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, had a dream that America’s universities would be aristocracies of talent and, as such, they would be beacons to the world. Fast forward to 2019 and we would argue that America’s highly selective colleges still aim to realize the dream of Jefferson, … 

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Sorry, Where You Go To College Matters

“It doesn’t matter where your child goes to college. All that matters is that your child is happy.” You know you’ve heard that line before. It’s the kind of line you hear in passing and you find yourself nodding in agreement. Who can argue with wanting your child to be … 

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Misleading Headlines About Colleges Dropping the SAT and ACT

There’s a headline today in The Washington Post, the very newspaper that broke the Watergate scandal, that reads: “A record number of colleges drop SAT/ACT admissions requirement amid growing disenchantment with standardized tests.” The piece, authored by esteemed education reporter Valerie Strauss, focuses on how “the tide is turning at … 

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The Merits of the U.K. Admissions System

A Stanford University student penned a piece today for The Stanford Daily that explores the merits of the U.K. admissions system vs. the U.S. admissions system. In this piece, entitled “The Merits of the UK Admissions System,” the writer, Austin Ota, sits down with five Stanford students who applied to … 

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America’s Holistic College Admissions Process

Over the years, some of our international clients have asked us why America’s college admissions system is not based purely on grades and test scores. When posed this question, we describe the merits of the holistic admissions process. We make clear that if America’s highly selective universities admitted students based … 

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