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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Colleges Tracking Applicants

Are you a high school senior going on lots of college websites, like the Harvard website or the Brown website, just so these colleges know you’ve expressed interest by visiting the sites? If so and if you’re clicking on these sites just so that these schools can check to see … 

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Piecemeal College Admissions Help

Around this time each and every year, parents of seniors write in to us asking if we can help their child strictly with their Personal Statement. They’re not sure if they’ve written a strong essay. Heck, they’re not even sure if the topic is a non-starter. And while these parents … 

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Top Private Colleges That Pay Off Are Highly Selective

You don’t need to attend a highly selective college to be successful, right? The answer is an equivocal right. Of course there are case examples of successful people who didn’t attend highly selective colleges — or who didn’t attend college at all — who became extremely successful. And good for … 

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Implicit Biases of Admissions Officers

In her landmark decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case, Judge Allison Burroughs suggested that Harvard’s admissions officers might well benefit from some training on their implicit biases. As she wrote in her ruling in favor of Harvard, “Notwithstanding the fact that Harvard’s admissions program survives … 

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Colleges Discriminate Based on Profiles

We have long argued on the pages of our college admissions blog and in the press that Asian Americans face unjust discrimination in the college admissions process. And we have been standing for years atop our soapbox in college admissions calling for change, calling for an end to Asian American … 

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