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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Stanford Freshman Orientation Activity

Since the 1980s, freshmen at Stanford University have participated in an activity during orientation known as “Crossing the Line.” Basically, someone reads a statement and if the statement applies to students, they walk over a line. It was an activity designed to forge camaraderie, to make students who are far … 

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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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2019 Bloomberg MBA Ranking

‘Tis the season for university rankings. Bloomberg Businessweek recently conducted a survey of 126 business schools around the globe, polling the alumni of these graduate business programs on the academic quality of the programs, innovation, reputation, and the power of the school’s alumni network. And the result of the survey … 

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Admissions Officers Want to Root for Applicants

Twenty-four admissions czars, among them two of the heroes of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog (Angel Perez of Trinity College and Eric Furda of the University of Pennsylvania — both of whom are typically quite forthright) recently penned an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed addressed to college-bound students and … 

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UChicago’s Slip in 2020 US News Ranking

The University of Chicago, a school that announced in June of 2018 that it was going test-optional in admissions, slipped in the 2020 US News & World Report college ranking — from a four-way tie for third in 2019 along with Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Yale … 

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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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On Felicity’s Sentencing in the Varsity Blues Scandal

As our loyal readers know, we wrote a lot about the major college admissions scandal when the news first broke. You know the one. The one involving the bribing of athletic coaches. The one involving fake test proctors who altered students’ answers on the SAT. But as we informed our … 

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Your High School Matters from an Admissions Standpoint

Does where a student goes to high school matter when it comes to his or her chances of admission to America’s most highly selective colleges? The answer, of course, is a resounding yes. But it never ceases to amaze us how many students and parents are under the false impression … 

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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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