College Admissions

Will 9th-Grade B and C in Math Hurt Engineering Prospects?

Question: If I had a C (in a half year, minor math class) and a B in geometry freshman year, but sophomore and junior year have been getting straight As in math classes, what are my chances of being accepted to a fairly competitive engineering school (given that my SAT score surpasses their average, as ...

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Application Verdicts Are In. What’s Next?

Last evening I spent several hours perusing the College Confidential discussion forum. It was the second of two “special” evenings there, and I was observing some of the many CC forum members. The two special evenings are related to the Ivies releasing their respective admission decisions. The first evening happens in mid-December for the Early ...

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The Mount Everest(s) of College Admissions

The allegory goes like this: You’re a high school sophomore or junior, thinking about going to college. You’re a top student and your credentials are superior. Your stats show you to be among the best students in your school. You also have a wonderful array of activities and a crowd of people ready to sing ...

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Where’s The “Value” in Higher Education?

Now and then, in light of the kinds of things that are happening in or world these days, I will say to my wife, “You know, nothing in the news these days would surprise me.” I’m talking about the kinds of things we see routinely on TV, in the newspaper, and on the Web. I ...

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Will a “D” in AP Stats Get Me Rescinded From Rice?

Question: Hi guys, I’ve been admitted to Rice University for ED last December to the Wiess School and was jumping up and down. During my first semester before I got admitted, I had a B+ in Ap Statistics after struggling my first test by getting a 70 and then getting 100s all my other tests. ...

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Fat And Skinny Emails

I’ve been following the various threads on the College Confidential discussion forum where seniors are holding their breath to get their admission decisions. I’ve done this every year since we began the forum back in 2001, and even before that on my own, independent forum, pre-CC. Of course, years ago I’ve held my breath along ...

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Does the NCAA Superscore the ACT?

Question: Does the NCAA Eligiblity super score the ACT?  There are four parts, and the min is 68, will they take the best from the four parts from multiple tests?  Yep. In an era when nearly every kid is an All-Star, it shouldn’t surprise you that aspiring college athletes can take the ACT as many ...

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