Admission to Ivy League

A former Yale University professor, Bill Deresiewicz, told Stanford students that they, like their Ivy League counterparts, are “hoop-jumping, teacher-pleasing sheep.” According to the Stanford Daily’s take on Deresiewicz, “Elite university education is deficient because admission criteria are more than 100 years old; what admission offices look for in an … 

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University Admissions Counselor

The target demographic for a movie like “Tron” was not senior citizens nor was the target demographic toddlers for “Scream 4.” What does this have to do with the college admissions process you ask? Well, it has everything to do with it. You must know your audience. When filling out … 

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Assistance with College Applications

The authors of the bestselling and controversial “Freakonomics,” Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, point out an interesting study by Christopher Avery on students who get assistance with college applications. In a study in which low-income high school students who were high achievers in the classroom were provided college counseling, the … 

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College Admissions Statistics

College admissions statistics don’t typically include this number. Men get admitted at a 13% higher rate…according to a 2007 “US News & World Report” study. According to a “Philadelphia Inquirer” piece entitled “Affirmative Action Isn’t for White Guys,”At some institutions, men get an even bigger boost than that. The College … 

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College Counseling

According to Jason Koebler of “US News & World Report,” “A 2005 study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) reported that the average public high school student got about 38 minutes of college advising per year from their guidance counselor, and a 2009 study by the National … 

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College Application

The makers of The Common Application, the college application used by just about every high school student who applies to universities, debated whether or not to include a question about applicants’ sexual orientation this year. Sexual orientation is certainly a hot topic in the world of college admissions. The makers … 

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Science Research and College Admissions

For talented students whose passion is science research, a new competition has been announced to add to the list of the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens Competition. The new competition has been created by…you guessed it…Google. It’s called the Google Global Science Fair. According to Google, “There will be … 

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The Common Application

New questions have been added to the Common Application, announced the Common Application, Inc. The questions won’t apply to the vast majority of college applicants but rather reflect the diversity of applicants who now apply to college. Marital status, children, and an optional question on military status have all been … 

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Harvard Waitlist

Approximately 1,000 students were offered a slot on Harvard’s waitlist this year. Many will send in cards indicating they wish to remain on the list. Some will choose not to remain on the list, excited about the other college(s) to which they were already admitted. Of those who choose to … 

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