White Privilege in Admissions

There’s a new study out that suggests white students enjoy an advantage in the college admissions process. Yes, that’s right: white students have the leg up. In the study, conducted by Art & Science Group, a firm that offers advice to colleges on their enrollment patterns, surveyed high school students … 

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The Manipulation of College Rankings

Last year, we reported the juicy story that Temple University got caught with its hand in the cookie jar misreporting data to US News & World Report. And why? The school was manipulating its ranking. Yes, while colleges like to be quite vocal about how they don’t care a lick … 

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Elite Colleges Are Often the Exception to the Rule

When reading an article on the college admissions process, it’s always important to keep in mind that highly selective colleges are often the exception to the rule, not the rule. After all, at most of the 900+ universities across America, the vast majority of applicants earn admission. That is not … 

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SAT and ACT for University of California

Applications to the University of California schools are due today, the traditional end of November deadline for the nation’s largest public university system. On the eve of this deadline, we figured we’d pose one question: Why do the University of California schools, which are now test-blind as a matter of … 

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The Hypocrisy of a High School Counselor

As loyal readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, we love to point out the heroes and villains of elite college admissions to keep things interesting. Heroes like Duke University’s Dean of Admissions Christoph Guttentag who we’ve applauded through the years for telling it like it is. … 

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Schools Are Slower to Report Early Applications

At this time last year, we had already reported on Early Decision / Early Action figures at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Boston College. So far this year, we’ve reported on Early Action figures at Yale University and the University … 

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GRE Gains Momentum in Law School Admissions

For many years, taking the LSAT was a rite of passage for students aspiring to earn admission to America’s top law schools. But the times, they are a-changin’. Over the years, more and more law schools have begun accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT (at the elite law … 

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A Word on Admissions Agents

We’ve written in the past about admissions agents, people — often in countries such as China — who receive commissions from universities after the international students they recruit end up enrolling. America’s most highly selective colleges, of course, don’t offer commissions to such admissions agents. And why? Because they don’t … 

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Some Wish to Eliminate Recommendation Letters

Imagine a world in which applicants to our nation’s highly selective colleges can earn admission without test scores, grades, letters of recommendation, activities, and essays. Imagine a world in which applicants to our nation’s highly selective colleges can earn admission with only a smile. We’re kidding. Or are we kidding? … 

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Class of 2026 Early Action and Early Decision Notification Dates

Wondering when you will learn of your admissions decision from an Ivy League school or from another elite university? Most elite universities release their decisions in mid-December. Sometimes schools are super specific about when they’ll be notifying applicants of their decisions, while other times they keep it vague. “Mid-December” is … 

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