Dartmouth Women’s Swimming Kicks Back

The Dartmouth College women’s swimming and diving team will not go silently into the night. As our readers may remember, Dartmouth eliminated several varsity teams in the spring — including the men’s and women’s swimming and divings teams, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s lightweight rowing. But the Dartmouth swimming … 

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Brown Squash Players Hit Back

In recent months, during these tough economic times for universities across America, some elite universities have eliminated certain varsity athletic teams. We’ve reported on these cuts at Stanford, Brown, and Dartmouth, cuts that largely impacted — shall we say — country club sports like squash, swimming and diving, crew, golf, … 

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A Favorite Son of Georgetown

Regular readers of our college admissions blog know why we write about college basketball from time to time. As a general rule of thumb, the further a team advances in March Madness, the more applications the school tends to receive the subsequent admissions cycle. And so we would be remiss … 

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Swimming Adds Diversity to Colleges

A Wall Street Journal article out today shines a lantern on how many of America’s colleges have been cutting country club sports in recent weeks. And while some of these colleges are citing only budgetary constraints, other colleges are being more forthright in citing a combination of budgetary constraints and … 

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UPenn Will Not Cut Varsity Sports

With recent announcements by Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University that they each will be eliminating certain varsity athletic teams, the University of Pennsylvania has vowed not to cut any of their 33 varsity athletic teams anytime soon. While several college administrators and sports reporters have conjectured that many … 

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Stanford and Dartmouth Among Schools to Cut Varsity Teams

During these stressful economic times, universities with sizable endowments are tightening their purse strings. Stanford University recently announced the elimination of 11 varsity athletic teams, among them: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. Dartmouth College … 

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Brown Drops Some Varsity Teams

A few weeks back, Brown University announced the elimination of some of its varsity sports. The Providence, Rhode Island-based university boasts the third most varsity sports of any university in America. Yet Brown’s varsity teams are not exactly known for winning Ivy League championships. And so university administrators felt that … 

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2019-2020 Ivy League Men’s Basketball Standings

Let’s check in on the Ivy League men’s basketball standings. And if you’re wondering why we write about Ivy League basketball, well, historically, the further a team advances in March Madness, the more applications that school receives in the subsequent admissions cycle. The Ivy League has one automatic bid each … 

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Slots in Admissions for Recruited Athletes

Over the last several days, we’ve ripped apart the arguments in two letters to the editor published in response to The Editorial Board of The New York Times‘ call to end the practice of legacy admissions. One letter, penned by a former president of Vassar College, failed to acknowledge that … 

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Yale Coaching Endowment Changes

Back in May, The Boston Globe shined a spotlight on endowed coaching positions at elite universities, including at Yale University. If you’re not familiar with the term “endowed coaching positions,” think of the name that precedes the coach’s position. At Yale, for instance, there’s the Joel E. Smilow 1954 Head … 

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