The Myth of the Well-Rounded Student

Highly selective colleges are not seeking well-rounded students. We know, we know. It’s not exactly a breaking news alert. Come on, Ivy Coach. And yet “CNBC” ran an article this year entitled “Former Stanford admissions officer: Colleges aren’t looking for well-rounded students” that makes it seem as though this is … 

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The Myth of Well-Rounded Applicants

We’re often asked, “What is the most common misconception in highly selective college admissions?” And for many years, our answer has been the same: “Students and especially parents still believe that highly selective colleges want well-rounded students. Simply put, they don’t.” This isn’t a new trend. This is an old … 

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Singularly Talented Applicants

For years, highly selective colleges have sought out singularly talented applicants in the hope of forming a well-rounded class. Decades ago, highly selective colleges sought out well-rounded students…students who were good (though not great) at such activities as violin, baseball, basketball, and tennis. Back in the day, the three-sport varsity athlete … 

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