Is the Process Not Stressful Enough?

Now a kid who is applying to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton is also applying to the Lehighs and Lafayettes, said Brett Levine, director of guidance at Madison High School in New Jersey. It’s the same tier, basically. Lehigh and Lafayette in the same tier as Harvard, Yale, or Princeton? No, Brett, … 

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MIT Dean of Admissions Resigns

Today when it was discovered that Marilee Jones, the Dean of Admissions at MIT, lied about her credentials 28 years ago it sent a shockwave through the college admissions community. According to her own statement on MIT’s website, Marilee apologizes: “I have resigned as MIT’s Dean of Admissions because very … 

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College Admissions Police

In a recent “Wall Street Journal” article, “Admissions Police Bolster Efforts to Uncover Fraud,” Jon Weinbach discusses what can be a new trend in college admissions, the College Admissions Police. “Before mailing out acceptance and rejection letters over the past week, thousands of colleges and graduate schools conducted their usual … 

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Extracurricular Activities

While colleges look for the student’s depth as well as breadth of involvement, extracurricular activities should be great fun but they should also be activities about which the student is passionate. When listing extracurricular involvements on a chart of the college application, there is room for the description of the … 

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Princeton and Early Decision

More about Early Decision…… There’s an interesting article posted February 8, 2007 on News@Princeton by Cass Cliatt: “Princeton sets third consecutive applications record.” In Princeton University’s last Early Decision class, (at least for right now), another new record has been set. Applications are up from last year 2 percent in … 

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Electronic Searches vs. The College Counselor

Dear Ivy Coach, I am writing an article for “The New York Times” on the growing number of companies that offer search engines to help high school students come up with a list of potential colleges. Many are set up as kind of electronic guidance counselors. Princeton Review, for instance, … 

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Will Colleges be Dropping Early Admissions Policies?

When colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Virginia announced that they will be dropping their Early admissions programs, high school students, parents, and college counselors began to wonder if this was the beginning of a new trend in admissions and that perhaps more colleges were going to … 

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ACTs in Lieu of Subject Tests

We received the following e-mail today from a high school guidance counselor: Dear Ivy Coach, Am I misinforming our families when I indicate that almost universally the ACT plus Writing is accepted in lieu of the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests? I have an inquiry from a parent and it … 

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What is Considered a Talent?

Dear Ivy Coach, I’m a junior from Tennessee and would love to attend Vanderbilt University. I know it’s a really competitive school, but I have the grades and the scores, and I’ll have the recs. The only thing I don’t know about is the recs. I read your “Peterson’s” article … 

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How Applications are Evaluated and Decisions are Made

Of the 1,800 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., only about thirty-five are considered highly selective. This highly selective category is reserved for schools that typically admit less that one-third of all their applicants. To determine a college’s degree of selectivity, one needs to know the number of students … 

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