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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A Hedge Fund Billionaire’s College Donations

In a story that is surprising to not a single person with a pulse, a New York hedge fund billionaire, David E. Shaw, is making headlines today for donating over $37 million to several elite universities over the last few years — including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, and … 

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The Need-Blind Admissions Lie Exposed

As our loyal readers may know, we were recently very impressed with an article penned by Paul Tough in The New York Times Magazine. The piece, entitled “What College Admissions Offices Really Want,” has our early vote for the most insightful and well written piece about college admissions of the … 

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Ties to Donors at California Universities

In the wake of the Varsity Blues scandal, California’s State Assembly has passed a bill that will require colleges that are eligible to receive Cal Grants to disclose how they treat applicants who happen to have ties to alumni and/or donors. The bill, known as AB 697, now heads to … 

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Admissions Officers Often Admit Students They Don’t Want

There was a piece published recently in The New York Times Magazine penned by Paul Tough that focuses on how our nation’s elite colleges covet diversity in all forms — including socioeconomic diversity — but they also covet money. And ultimately, their “thirst for tuition revenue means that wealth trumps … 

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The Flaws of Meritocracy in Admissions

The college admissions process to our nation’s highly selective colleges aspires to be meritocratic. Admissions officers at these institutions endeavor to admit intellectually curious students from all corners of our diverse world. Admissions officers aspire to admit students of all different ethnicities — including African American, Latinx, Native American, Asian … 

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Stanford Freshman Orientation Activity

Since the 1980s, freshmen at Stanford University have participated in an activity during orientation known as “Crossing the Line.” Basically, someone reads a statement and if the statement applies to students, they walk over a line. It was an activity designed to forge camaraderie, to make students who are far … 

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Admissions Officers Want to Root for Applicants

Twenty-four admissions czars, among them two of the heroes of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog (Angel Perez of Trinity College and Eric Furda of the University of Pennsylvania — both of whom are typically quite forthright) recently penned an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed addressed to college-bound students and … 

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On Felicity’s Sentencing in the Varsity Blues Scandal

As our loyal readers know, we wrote a lot about the major college admissions scandal when the news first broke. You know the one. The one involving the bribing of athletic coaches. The one involving fake test proctors who altered students’ answers on the SAT. But as we informed our … 

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