Admission Hook Isn’t Patently Obvious

Question: How helpful is a US Patent (not patent-pending, an actual patent) for elite school admissions? One of “The Dean’s” favorite default responses is “It depends.” And it’s certainly an apt answer here. Except in rare cases, holding a patent will not replace top grades and test scores at an “elite” college or university. At…

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Reapplying to Colleges that Said NO

Question: This March, I was accepted to Claremont McKenna College, but I was rejected by most of my top choice colleges, like Stanford, Williams, and Brown. Even though CMC is a very prestigious college renowned for happiest campus life, I still can’t brush aside my obsession toward my top choices and still feel so dejected….

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Help with Study for Finals

Question: I am an 8th grader and was wondering if you can suggest some Web sites that will help me study for my finals? “The Dean” can’t offer much help without knowing what classes you’re taking and what your curriculum covers. But you may find that the Khan Academy will be  useful. It’s free and…

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