Harvard Fencing Scandal

In a scandal reminiscent of the Varsity Blues investigation, a Harvard University fencing coach and the parent of a Harvard student have both been arrested and charged with bribery. As our readers may remember, Harvard’s former fencing coach, Peter Brand, was fired by the university back in 2019 after a … 

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2020-2021 Ivy League Athletics

Were you hoping that Yale’s men’s basketball team would be able to defend its league title? Were you hoping that Dartmouth’s or Yale’s football teams would be able to defend their titles on the gridiron this spring? Well, sorry to be Debbie Downer — played by Dartmouth alumni Rachel Dratch … 

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Harvard Wins Appeal

Back in October 2019, Harvard University claimed victory in a case in which the school was accused of discriminating against Asian American applicants in its admissions process. Back then, a federal judge declared that while Harvard’s system of evaluating applicants to the university wasn’t perfect, “the court will not dismantle … 

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A Tribute to Columbia Football

Columbia University is honoring 150 years of its football program. In a year without Ivy League football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s certainly a nice treat to read articles on the all-time Lions teams and players. As loyal readers of our blog know, it was a former Columbia University … 

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DOJ Continues Investigating Harvard Admissions

Will Harvard University soon let out a sigh of relief? Under the current administration, the United States Department of Justice has waged war on highly selective universities, including Harvard University. In the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case in which Harvard was accused of discriminating against Asian Americans … 

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The Country Club Sports of the Ivy League

There’s a fantastic piece out in The Atlantic on niche sports — sports like squash, crew, fencing, water polo, swimming and diving, and golf — and the lengths affluent parents of high schoolers who compete in these sports will go to try to get their children on the radar of … 

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The Conflation of Colleges and Elite Colleges

We were recently asked to comment for a CBS Radio piece just how much easier this Ivy League admissions cycle would be since colleges are having such trouble filling their seats. Before we could comment, we scratched our heads. And we don’t have a case of dandruff. No, the reason … 

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The Golden Ticket in Admissions

On free consultations which are designed to answer questions about our services to prospective clients, a parent — who will never be our client — sometimes asks, “Do you guarantee admission?” The answer, of course, is a resounding no. We do not now nor have we ever guaranteed admission to … 

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Reliance on Early Decision Applicants

In a piece in yesterday’s New York Times, journalist Jeffrey Selingo, fresh out with a new book on highly selective college admissions, makes the argument in said book that colleges with Early Decision policies relied more heavily on their ED applicant pools in the wake of the 2008 recession than … 

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Asian American Representation at Elite Colleges

Long before our federal government went after Harvard and Yale for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants in their admissions processes, we stood on our soapbox in college admissions to assert that indeed these schools — and all highly selective American universities — discriminate against Asian American applicants. And we … 

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