A Ridiculous Assertion on Next Year’s Admit Rates

At many of our nation’s highly selective colleges this year, applications were down and admission rates were up. And then came the pandemic, which led many colleges to reach deep down their waitlists. Some of our nation’s elite universities even extended offers of admission off the waitlist weeks in advance … 

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Gap Years for the Affluent

There’s an article up on Bloomberg Businessweek that focuses on how many affluent high school seniors have the option to take a gap year during these uncertain times whereas less affluent high school seniors have no such luxury. In the piece, entitled “The Covid-19 College Gap Year Exposes a Great … 

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Our Passion to Find and Showcase the Magnificently Unique

If we had to pick the key ingredient to our firm’s secret sauce in helping students earn admission to their dream schools over the last quarter of a century, it’s our ability to help our students zero in on a singular talent which they will then showcase in powerful ways … 

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Parents of High School Juniors

We’re sometimes contacted by folks who suffer from a serious case of cognitive dissonance. They want our help, but they don’t want our help. They know their children have made mistakes that can hurt their case for admission, but they don’t want to go under the hood and start fixing … 

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Computer Science Major Trend

Are more and more students choosing to major in computer science at our nation’s elite universities? The answer is an unequivocal yes. In fact, Sophie Andrews recently published a piece for The Stanford Daily entitled “Stanford in the 2010s: How do trends in majors stack up at other institutions?” which … 

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Brown President Calls for Fall Reopen

Unless you haven’t checked the news in a few weeks — which would be a good move for your mental health — you know that most American universities don’t know what the college experience will be like this coming fall. Will campuses reopen? Will learning be exclusively online from one’s … 

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Waitlisted Students Should Answer Their Phones

As we have expressed many times over the years on the pages of our college admissions blog, our nation’s elite colleges tend to notify applicants of their admission off of waitlists via phone. Are there some schools that send email notifications? Yes. But we would say the vast majority of … 

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Early Returns Indicate Colleges Are Going Deep Into Their Waitlists

While the number of students admitted off waitlists at our nation’s highly selective colleges is typically hard to come by since these schools don’t like to advertise their lower than anticipated yields (though some data is available, including Cornell offering admission to 99 students last week), our forecast that these … 

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