Anti-Semitism at Franklin & Marshall

For some Jewish applicants, the strength of a college’s Jewish community is an important factor in their college selection process — and understandably so. If a campus’ Jewish life is important to an applicant, it would behoove them to swing by Hillel on a Friday night to see if lots … 

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2021-2022 SAT Testing Dates

Wondering when the SAT will be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year? If so, wonder no more as we’ve got the test dates for our readers. We’ve also got the corresponding registration and late registration deadlines and the score release dates for added measure. SAT Test Date Offered Internationally? Test … 

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Admission to Boston Exam Schools

The city of Boston is changing its admissions process to its elite exam schools, including the venerable Boston Latin School. This week, by a unanimous vote of the Boston School Committee, the admissions process to Boston’s three highly selective exam schools will be changed in an effort to increase the … 

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Illinois Passes Test-Optional Law

The state of Illinois has passed a law that requires its public universities and community colleges to not require testing in the admissions process from in-state applicants. That’s right. By order of the state, these schools must be test-optional going forward as they are legally prohibited from requiring either an … 

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Reasons College Applicants Have Been Rejected

Want to hear some colorful anecdotes related to why admissions officers rejected certain applicants? Maybe a student wrote about a proclivity for violence in an admissions essay. Maybe a student tried to sabotage the case for admission of another student. Or lied about being the president of a school club. … 

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The US News Ranking Is All About Money

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog have long known, we believe that college rankings — and the kingpin of the college rankings is the annual US News & World Report college ranking — are at the heart of the elite college admissions process. Want to know why colleges … 

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Cornell University 2021-2022 Essay Prompts

Cornell University has released its essay prompts for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. These essays apply to applicants to the Cornell Class of 2026. Now, for those folks who check out the college essay prompts for all the highly selective universities year in and year out not because you have children … 

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Dartmouth Earns Perfect Athlete Equality Index Score

A couple of months ago, we reported on how certain highly selective universities stack up against one another with respect to their LGBTQ+ inclusiveness in athletics. At the time, Dartmouth College received an Athlete Equality Index from Athlete Ally of 40 out of 100. As compared to its peer institutions, … 

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University of Chicago 2021-2022 Essay Prompts

Which highly selective school traditionally asks applicants to answer the weirdest essay question? That would be the University of Chicago — and this year will be no different. The institution has released its essay prompts for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle and, consistent with years past, things get weird fast (which … 

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Yale University 2021-2022 Essay Prompts

Yale University has released its 2021-2022 essay prompts. What does this mean? It means that applicants to the Class of 2026 can get cracking on their applications. And what kind of essay questions has the New Haven, Connecticut-based institution asks students to respond to this year? Well, rather unsurprisingly, the … 

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