Expensive Summer Programs

Back in the nineteenth century, French novelist Alphonse Karr was quoted as saying: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” which roughly translates to “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” We couldn’t help but think of this quote as we read “Pricey summer programs raise fairness … 

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Study Abroad Freshman Year

Admitted – Yes! …But Freshman Year Must Be in Paris, London, Florence, Madrid… With more students applying to college than ever before and with each of those students submitting more applications than in previous years, college administrators are finding new and innovative ways of not rejecting qualified applicants. Offering these … 

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Admissions Counselors Actually Read

According to an article in today’s “New York Times,” “Applications to selective colleges and universities are reaching new heights this year, promising another season of high rejection rates and dashed hopes for many more students:” “Harvard said Wednesday that it had received a record number of applicants — 27,278 — … 

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

A 21st Century term “helicopter parent” refers to a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her child or children, particularly at educational institutions. They rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the … 

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After the Application Is In

If you have written some powerful college essays and personal statements, then it is very likely you have worked for weeks devoting countless hours to writing, researching, rewriting, tossing out, starting all over again, and now, finally your applications have been submitted. So what do you do now? Most students think … 

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It’s Time to Write Your Essays

Your parent has been on your case for the last few weeks now, school has just begun, and you’re finding out that many of your friends have already written most of their essays. Your guidance counselor has called a meeting for all seniors and has warned you of last minute … 

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Social Networking in College Admission

Social networking websites have recently been a hot topic of conversation in college admissions. Thanks to Google, anything you write can be read by anyone! All a college admissions counselor has to do is Google your name. That’s not to say that college admissions counselors routinely Google every applicant’s name, … 

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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,” offered 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, … 

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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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