Student’s Rescinded Admission Has Nothing To Do With Conservatism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Harvard’s Rescinded Acceptance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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The Trade Secrets of Harvard’s Admissions Office

We’ve heard from some folks that they’ve been glued to the coverage of the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case in recent days, poring over every detail revealed in federal court about Harvard’s admissions practices. And we’ve been asked if we’ve been poring over this coverage too, riveted … 

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Harvard Grad Thanks 6th Grade Teacher

Our earliest teachers are often our most important teachers. Harvard University and one of its graduating students took the opportunity to recognize one such teacher this commencement season. As “CNN” reports in an inspiring piece entitled “A 6th-grade teacher wrote ‘Invite me to your Harvard graduation!’ — 21 years later, … 

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