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Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall during college admissions committee deliberations? When it came to my own children, a son and daughter, I often fantasized about being able to witness their respective colleges’ reactions to their applications. I wasn’t as interested in hearing highly complimentary personal things about their accomplishments as ...

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Admissions Process Not All That Hard

At least that’s what the College Board says. You parents and high school seniors may disagree, though. What’s the deal here? One has to look no further than the College Confidential discussion forum to see the myriad complexities college applicants (and their parents) can face during the college admissions process. However, in a recent press ...

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Legacy Applicants Have Admissions Advantage

LOL! I bestow upon this study the infamous DUH! of the Century Award. You gotta be kidding me. A new study of 30 highly selective colleges conducted by a Harvard University researcher found that legacy applicants–students who have a family connection at a school–have a significant advantage in admission. I wonder how many taxpayer dollars ...

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Outlawing Affirmative Action

One of the quicker ways to start an argument these days is to bring up the issue of Affirmative Action (AA), as it applies to college admissions. For those of you who may have just beamed down from Jupiter, here is a definition of AA taken from no less a source than the Stanford Encyclopedia ...

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Early Action at Yale AND at SUNY Binghamton?

Question: Can I apply to Yale using Single Choice Early Action and SUNY Binghamton via Early Action? I live in New York. Yale’s Single Choice Early Action policy can be confusing. I guess they figure that, if you’re smart enough to figure it out, you’re smart enough for Yale. 🙂 Here’s what Yale says about ...

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Do Colleges Follow Student’s I.E.P.?

Question: Can you please tell me if all colleges and universities will follow a student’s I.E. P. (Individualized Education Plan)? This clearly written information from The College of New Jersey Web site should answer your question: http://www.tcnj.edu/~technj/2004/transition.htm As you and your child go through the college search process, you should feel free to contact disabilities ...

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Is Spanish Subject Test Required for Ivy League Applicant?

Question: My son is about to start 12th grade and wants to apply to Ivy league schools. He has finished four years of Spanish and has decided not to continue because of a heavy load of AP classes. Will he have to take an SAT subject test in a language if he applies to University ...

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Newsworthy Numbers

The New York Times‘ Eric Platt sums it up: . . . the admissions season for 2010 has shaped up to be one of the most competitive, and uncertain, in memory . . . And Barmak Nassirian, executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers adds the exclamation point: The percentage ...

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Suspension and Discipline Comments by Sally Rubenstone

Suspensions and Discipline: Comments from Sally Rubenstone by Sally Rubenstone, Senior College Counselor and Contributing Editor, CollegeConfidential.com, and former Admission Counselor, Smith College (here, writing in College Confidential’s Ask the Dean column) Question: I am a high school sophomore who recently got in a trouble. I violated my school’s academic integrity policy and got a ...

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Suspension and Discipline Comments by Nanette Tarbouni

Suspensions and Discipline: Comments from Nanette H. Tarbouni by Nanette H. TarbouniDirector of AdmissionsWashington University in St. Louis To answer “yes” or not to the question regarding an incident of disciplinary action, suspension, expulsion or conviction of a crime is never easy for a college applicant to do. None of us likes to be reminded ...

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