Admissions Decision

Can Student Who Flunked Freshman Year Start Over with a Clean Slate?

Question: My grandson failed his freshman year for non attendance of classes. He appears to have grown up and now wants to reenter college. Can he make application and request only high school transcript. There were no credits earned at his first attempt in college. Your grandson MUST report his ill-fated college experience. However, admission ...

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Tufts Luck

Right off the bat, we’ll have to define the Tufts Syndrome. A Web search reveals this definition (from no less an authoritative source as the Urban Dictionary), which notes the Tufts Syndrome as being displayed by a “School that rejects top applicants because it realizes top applicants are unlikely to enroll.” Wikipedia further explains the ...

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A Brag Sheet to Brag About

How do you tell a college all about the many “activities” you’ve done and currently do, when you’re filling out your applications? This falls under the umbrella of what I call “student profile marketing.” Why should you do an “annotated” Activities List? As you may already know, college application forms don’t offer active students enough ...

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Public Exposure Can Be Dangerous

Contrary to what Captain Kirk says at the beginning of every Star Trek episode, space is not the final frontier. Privacy is. Why? Social media. The big offender in this arena is Facebook, of course. I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do that with good reason. Facebook seems to satisfy people’s desire ...

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Random Elite Admissions?

One of the more irrational exercises high school seniors undergo this time of year (April) is trying to figure out why they and some of their peers did or did not get into the colleges to which they applied. Of course, college admissions may well be among the world’s most subjective processes. There are no ...

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Accepting Which Acceptance

Well, the decisions have arrived. High school seniors across America and the globe have their “fat” and “skinny” envelopes and their good- and bad-news emails. Some even have been consigned to the purgatory of the dreaded waitlist, which in some ways is worse than being denied admission (or “rejected,” as the common parlance goes). But ...

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Which College Acceptance to Accept?

Well, the decisions have arrived. High school seniors across America and the globe have their “fat” and “skinny” envelopes and their good- and bad-news emails. Some even have been consigned to the purgatory of the dreaded waitlist, which in some ways is worse than being denied admission (or “rejected,” as the common parlance goes). But ...

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Too Many Acceptances?

Some high school seniors are accepted at every college where they applied. If you’re one of those with an embarrassment of riches, congratulations. Believe it or not, having a pile of acceptance letters from colleges you like can pose a problem. It’s a happy problem, to be sure, but a difficulty nonetheless. Perhaps you were ...

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Fat Envelopes, Skinny Envelopes

This is the time of year when a lot of high school seniors camp out by their mailbox. The end of March through the middle of April is a traditional time of waiting for letters of admission (or rejection) from colleges and universities. The theory states that if you get a fat letter from a ...

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