Applicants to Princeton

A basketball game that took place today at Yale University between the Harvard Crimson and the Princeton Tigers may have repercussions on next year’s admissions process. Harvard and Princeton had already earned a share of the Ivy League title this season after both posted 12-2 records in the conference. Since … 

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College Social Media Recruitment

There are a number of interesting studies on the use of social media by college admissions offices as a means to recruit potential applicants. Two researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Nora Ganim Barnes and Eric Mattson, have found that since 2007, there has been an 84% increase by … 

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Grades and College Success

At risk of stating the obvious, when college admissions counselors are reading through the plethora of applications, one of the central things they are looking for is whether or not they think the applicant will succeed at their university. It may seem quite obvious but the answer to this question … 

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Brown University Admissions

At yesterday’s annual “State of Brown” address in which Brown University administrators delivered a speech about the major issues facing the university, the Dean of Admission, Jim Miller, made an interesting prediction. He, like many admissions counselors who analyze demographic trends in the admissions process each year, believes there will … 

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Social Media and College Admissions

Social media is a hot topic in college admissions. The question so many students and parents often pose is: Do college admissions counselors check the Facebook pages of their applicants? The short answer is…no. College admissions counselors don’t have the time to peruse every applicant’s Facebook page. In a word, … 

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Undergraduate Business Programs

The “Bloomberg Businessweek” rankings of undergraduate business programs have come out for the year. Taking the top spot this year is Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The runner-up is the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce while Emory University’s Goizueta Business School placed third. The University of Pennsylvania’s … 

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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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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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