A Harvard Administrator’s Profile in Courage

We recently wrote about how Judge Allison Burroughs, in her ruling in favor of Harvard in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case, recommended that Harvard’s admissions officers receive implicit bias training so they can avoid discriminating against groups like Asian American applicants. As Judge Burroughs wrote, “Notwithstanding … 

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Harvard Does Not Intentionally Discriminate

One of the counts in which Harvard University was charged in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case was whether or not the school intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants. While we have long been outspoken that Harvard, along with all highly selective colleges across America, discriminates against … 

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Student’s Rescinded Admission Has Nothing To Do With Conservatism

A core objective of our college admissions blog is to correct misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process — misconceptions perpetuated by the press, by school counselors, by private college counselors, and by the local bodega clerk. In a piece in National Review by Jamil Jivani entitled “How to … 

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Harvard’s Rescinded Acceptance

Yesterday, we wrote about how Harvard University chose to rescind the admission of a survivor of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We explained how, contrary to the beliefs of some skeptics, Harvard did not rescind his admission because of his outspoken conservative stance on gun rights. In … 

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Harvard Rescinds Acceptance of a Parkland Grad

There are many folks out there who believe that our nation’s elite colleges, like the Ivy League colleges, only seek to admit liberal students. That, of course, is a false narrative. To buttress this narrative, many argue that these schools are bastions of liberalism. And they’re not wrong. Ivy League … 

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It Was No Harder to Get Into Harvard in 2019 Than It Was in 2018

There are lots of misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process floating out there in the universe. A core objective of this college admissions blog is to debunk those misconceptions. One such misconception goes like this: It gets harder and harder to get into elite colleges each year. Suggesting … 

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Record Number Apply to Harvard’s Class of 2023

Back in December, we reported that Harvard received more Early Action applications than at any point in the school’s history. Just a couple of months later, we can now report that Harvard has received the most Regular Decision applications in the school’s history, too. So what a year it’s been … 

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Transgender Harvard Applicant Alleges Discrimination

Harvard University just can’t seem to catch a break these days. The university finds itself on defense again as an an applicant to Harvard Business School and its Graduate School of Education has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts alleging the university discriminated against her in its admissions … 

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A Well Known Harvard Admit to the Class of 2023

Remember when Fox News’ Laura Ingraham publicly criticized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior David Hogg for getting rejected from multiple public universities? Well, the gun control activist has since been admitted to Harvard. Hogg earned admission to Harvard’s Class of 2023 this Early Action cycle — so take that, … 

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Harvard’s Admissions Officers Aren’t Bad People

We’re all a little bit racist. That’s right. We are all a little bit racist. Even you. We all operate with heuristics, mental roadmaps for how to process information quickly and efficiently. If you’re in a dark alley in a bad neighborhood and someone approaches you at a fast pace, … 

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