Harvard and Princeton Early Programs

There’s been a great deal of reaction circulating with regard to Harvard and Princeton’s recent decisions to reinstate their Early admissions programs. In this editorial by a current Cornell student, Ruby Perlmutter dissects why she thinks the decisions of Harvard and Princeton reflect an elitism that counters Harvard and Princeton’s … 

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Harvard ROTC Applicants

The administration at Harvard decided this week to reinstate the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program on campus. Since 1970, the ROTC program had been discontinued at Harvard as a result of student protests to the Vietnam War and remained inactive due to the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell … 

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Penn Diversity

Students at the University of Pennsylvania recently confronted administrators at a University Council meeting on the administration’s goals to increase diversity on campus. At this meeting, students voiced displeasure at both Penn’s efforts to recruit underrepresented minority students / faculty and the resources available to underrepresented minorities once they decided … 

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Likely Letters

If you get a letter from a college that reads something like this and you’re not sure what this letter is, you’ve just received what is known as a “Likely Letter.” Dear Tali, I am writing to inform you that your application to Columbia University has been carefully evaluated and … 

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College Admissions Literature

There is an article in the “Books” section of today’s “New York Times” that reviews a book (“Crazy U”) written by a father, Andrew Ferguson, who recently went through the process of his son applying to college. The review is overwhelmingly positive. But buyer beware: This is an example of … 

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Plagiarized College Essays

What do Vice President Joe Biden, poet T. S. Eliot, and historian Stephen Ambrose all have in common? They have all at some point been accused of plagiarism. While Eliot’s plagiarism would be discovered posthumously, both Biden and Ambrose would live to regret their lapses in judgment. The consequences of … 

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The Ivy League Influence on Career

There is an article on “CNBC” today that tackles the issue of whether or not an Ivy League education is worth the cost of admission. Is the degree worth as much as we think it is? The consensus is…it is but not for the reasons you may think. One of … 

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The Grand Prize of Caltech Admissions

Admissions counselors at Caltech celebrated last year when they landed a major recruit. This student was not the 7’0, 260 lb. inside post presence that could help transform their basketball team from the most notorious loser – they had not won a single conference game in 26 years, since before … 

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The Harvard and Princeton Admission Spin

Harvard and Princeton’s announcement this past Thursday that they will be re-instituting Single-Choice Early Action programs for the Class of 2016, after they announced the elimination of similar programs in 2006, came as no surprise in the world of competitive college admissions. And neither did their PR spin. For years, … 

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What Goes Around Comes Around

In the fall of 2007, the University of Virginia and Princeton University dropped their binding Early Decision plans and Harvard eliminated Early Action. Now three years later, the University of Virginia will be implementing an Early Action plan for its applicants next fall and hopes to receive between 12,000 and 15,000 … 

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