Harvard Does Not Intentionally Discriminate

One of the counts in which Harvard University was charged in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case was whether or not the school intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants. While we have long been outspoken that Harvard, along with all highly selective colleges across America, discriminates against … 

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Harvard Does Not Use Racial Quotas

In the coming weeks, we’re going to be highlighting some portions of the decision reached in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case as Judge Allison Burroughs’ 130-page decision abounds in interesting conclusions — and, frankly, fodder about the highly selective college admissions process. Today, we wanted to … 

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Harvard Wins

In a seminal decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case, Harvard University has been declared victorious. Today, a federal judge declared Harvard’s undergraduate admissions policies to be constitutional, thereby effectively denying plaintiff’s challenge that the school discriminates against Asian American applicants in its admissions process. The … 

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UPenn Dean of Admissions Makes the News

As our loyal readers know all too well, Eric J. Furda, the University of Pennsylvania’s longtime Dean of Admissions, is a hero of this college admissions blog (there are villains too out there!). In a sea of so many admissions officers and admissions deans who don’t tell it like it … 

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Dartmouth College Class of 2023 Yield

A record 64% of students admitted to Dartmouth College’s Class of 2023 ultimately chose to matriculate to the College on the Hill. This yield rate is up from 61% for the Class of 2022 and 58% for the Class of 2021. So what a year it was for Dartmouth’s admissions … 

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On the Value of an Ivy League Education

We recently dissected an argument in a letter to the editor written in response to an editorial written by The Editorial Board of The New York Times that called for an end to the practice of legacy admission. That argument, penned by a former Vassar College president, didn’t seem to … 

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The Forthcoming Decision in the Harvard Case

Someone wrote in to us today asking, “Do you know when the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University ruling will be released?” We responded, “We have no idea. Likely some time this year, we imagine.” And how did the inquirer respond? It gave us a giggle: “But you’ve got … 

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2019 Ivy League Preseason Football Poll

The Ivy League was formed as a football league. All these years later, each of the eight Ivy League schools still compete against one another on the gridiron. And, yes, football matters to these schools. It matters to admissions officers who set aside a significant number of slots each year … 

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Dartmouth Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

Back in January, we reported how Dartmouth had filed its answer to a lawsuit brought against the university by nine women who alleged certain Dartmouth psychological and brain sciences professors sexually harassed them. These professors cited in the suit, as we’ve also previously reported, are no longer employed at the … 

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Dartmouth Grades on the Rise

Over the last ten years, the average GPA of Dartmouth College undergraduates has shot up — as has the number of A grades given out to students. And, in fact, we’d argue that the jumps are rather significant. During the 2007-2008 academic year, 29.5% of students received A’s. During the … 

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