Shame on the NCAA for Letting UNC Off

Three years ago, we shared word that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was under investigation by the NCAA for creating fictitious courses for star athletes. One of America’s most prestigious public universities and one of the nation’s behemoths in the arena of college sports had been caught … 

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The Advantage of Swimmers and Runners in Admissions

When you think of college athletic recruiting, you likely think of sports like football and basketball. And you’re right to do so. In college admissions, football and basketball coaches have a whole lot of clout — more than any other coaches. One great point guard like Jeremy Lin can put … 

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Dartmouth Women’s Swimming Team

The Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving team is facing disciplinary action from the college after violating the school’s hazing policy. This past December, according to a report from “The Daily Mail,” members of the team made first-year students “organize and display a sexualized PowerPoint presentation while the group was on … 

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Coach K and Duke

There is no college athletic coach in America who has had a more direct — and enduring — impact on a university’s selectiveness in admissions as Duke University’s Coach K. While many Duke alums will shake their heads when we suggest that Mike Krzyzewski’s stewardship of the men’s basketball team in … 

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Basketball and Application Numbers

We came across a piece up on “Sports Illustrated” about the alma mater of one of our favorite former NBA stars, John Stockton, that touched on college admissions. And so we just had to share it with our readers. John Stockton, the NBA’s all-time leader in both assists and steals, … 

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A Hero of March Madness

Regular readers of our college admissions blog know that we write about March Madness because how deep a team advances in the NCAA Tournament can have a major impact on the university’s application numbers the subsequent admissions cycle. So to all you Northwestern fans, you bet we anticipate a surge … 

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Highly Selective Colleges in March Madness

Each and every March, we write about college basketball. And why? Because a university’s success in March Madness can have a major impact on the school’s admissions statistics the subsequent admissions cycle. Should a powerhouse basketball program go out in the first round, applications are unlikely to spike the next year … 

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Athletes at Princeton

And the award for the best college student-written editorial on highly selective college admissions of the year thus far goes to…Beni Snow of Princeton University. In a piece entitled “Princeton Admissions: Recruitment” in “The Daily Princetonian,” the newspaper of Princeton University, Snow makes correct point after correct point that torches … 

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A Salute to Northwestern Basketball

Every few years, one of our readers asks us why we post quite a few times each March about March Madness. They explain that they’re here to read about college admissions — not college basketball. And so we have to explain that actually, March Madness can — and so often does … 

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Yale Athletics

There was an editorial yesterday in “The Yale Daily News” that is generating a bit of buzz. The piece was written by Cole Aronson and it’s entitled “Admissions and Athletics.” Aronson begins the piece with a headline grabber: “Yale should stop recruiting athletes. Nothing against sports — except that sports have … 

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