College Admissions Literature

There’s a review in today’s The New York Times of Crazy U, a book written by a father, Andrew Ferguson, whose son recently applied to colleges. The review, penned by Dwight Garner and entitled “Application Adventure: A Dad’s College Essay,” 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 Grand Prize of Caltech Admissions

Admissions officers at the California Institute of Technology 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 … 

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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 highly selective college admissions. And neither did their PR spin. … 

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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 University 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 … 

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The Common Application’s Discipline Question

Thinking about checking “yes” to the discipline question on The Common Application? In our September 2008 newsletter, Discipline Questions on the College Application, we suggested that before students checked the “yes” box on The Common Application where it asked: “Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, … 

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What’s Your Rush?

It’s early in September — well before college application deadlines — and George Washington University has already received over 3,000 undergraduate applications. While we were surprised about this information when The GW Hatchet reporter, Becky Reeves, first contacted us about this story, it was only later that we found out … 

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There is Life After Being Rejected

For the Class of 2014, Harvard University received 30,489 applications and accepted 2,110 students. If you’re one of those 28,379 students who applied and were rejected, you may find some comfort in knowing that Harvard does indeed make mistakes from time to time. Take U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), for … 

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