Stanford Interviews

While so many of the top colleges offer students the chance to interview with an alum, one notable exception has always been Stanford University. But on Thursday, that changed. Stanford has reversed its long-held policy of not offering alumni interviews. After running a three-year test of Stanford interviews in various geographic regions, … 

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Admission to Harvard

College seniors frequently say that the freshmen look younger and younger every year. Usually, it’s just their minds playing tricks on them. But in the case of incoming Harvard freshman Saheela O. Ibraheem, they’re not wrong. Saheela will be matriculating to Harvard College next year at the age of fifteen. … 

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College Admissions Recruiting

If you’re a student who received tons of brochures, posters, and e-mails from top universities and were surprised to then be denied admission by these very colleges that “recruited” you, you’re not alone. In recent years, colleges have increased their recruiting efforts by sending promotional material to students who they … 

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College Admissions and Talent

In a previous post on talented college applicants, we wrote about how college admissions counselors are in search of talented students to form a well rounded class. They’re not in search of well rounded students to form a somewhat talented class of students who are fairly decent at a number … 

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South Africa College Admissions

Fifteen years after the end of apartheid in South Africa, race remains the hot topic in the national dialogue. In South Africa college admissions, affirmative action is a highly debated subject. If you’re an American who disagrees with the practice of affirmative action in the United States, you’d probably disagree … 

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Talented College Applicants

Recently, we were at an alumni event for Dartmouth College where Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim addressed a packed hall. During the question and answer session that followed Kim’s speech about Dartmouth, an alumnus questioned why so many wonderful students who attended the high school at which he taught didn’t … 

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Legacy Admission at Harvard

There’s an article in “The Crimson” today that cites legacy admission at Harvard to “hover around 30% – more than four times the regular admission rate.” So if you’re the son or daughter of at least one Harvard College or Radcliffe College alum, you have four times as good of … 

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Minority College Applicants

In an article published in “The Dartmouth” today, Dartmouth’s Director of Admission Outreach, James Washington, cited a 27% increase in minority applicants to the college. He also cited a 24% increase in international applicants to the college. Both of these statistics reflect Dartmouth’s (as well as many other colleges’) efforts … 

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University of California Admissions

This year, the University of California system, which could lose 500 million dollars in funding next year, accepted much more out of state applicants this admissions cycle than in previous years. How will out of state applicants help the state’s notorious budget crisis? Out of state students in the UC … 

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University Rankings in China

A university ranking list of all universities in China has recently been released and it has not been published without controversy. According to reports, the maker of the rankings, Wu Shulian, a researcher at Guangdong Academy of Management Science, may have been influenced by bribes. The more a university paid, … 

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