Harvard ROTC Applicants

The administration at Harvard University opted this week to reinstate the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program on campus. Since 1970, the ROTC program had been discontinued at Harvard as a result of student protests to the Vietnam War. It 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 UPenn’s efforts to recruit underrepresented minority students as well as faculty and the resources available to underrepresented minority students … 

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Likely Letters

If you get a letter from a college that tells you that the admissions committee was deeply impressed by your application and that you’re a likely candidate for admission, you’ve just received what is known as a Likely Letter. Likely Letters are sent out by many of our nation’s highly … 

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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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