Admissions Offices

Parents: A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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College: Getting In vs. Graduating

Here’s some information for all you rising high school seniors. A while back, there was a network news story about Japanese high school students preparing for their graduation exams. Their performance on these exams determined what level of university they would get into. Pressure to perform was intense because graduates of the most prestigious university ...

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Admissions Angsters

My post today is aimed more at parents of high school juniors and sophomores. For the most part, parents of seniors are over the hump. Admissions decisions are out now. However, for Moms and Dads of this year’s senior class, there may still be some anxieties operating. Waitlists, enrollment decisions, visits, and financial aid negotiations ...

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December Deferrals & Springtime Waitlists

Maybe you’ve already received your decision regarding your ED/EA application. If not, you’ll be hearing any day now. It’s that time of year. Deferrals are the purgatory of Early Decision and Early Action (ED/EA) college admissions. You’re not in, but you’re not out. You’re just hanging there, waiting for the April decision-shoe to fall. It’s ...

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Good (and Bad) Questions to Ask Admission Offices

Question: Does Bryn Mawr College allow double majors? Concentrate and ask again. But, this time, don’t ask The Dean. If you want to know about double-majoring at Bryn Mawr …or if Connecticut College requires SAT’s … or if the University of Miami has need-based aid for international students (etc. etc.), check Web sites first. Then ...

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A “Secret” Admissions Trend?

Can the competition for college admission get any crazier? Ha! There’s no need to ask that question since we already know the answer: Of course it can! The economic “collapse” of recent years has spawned some interesting trickle-down outcomes. One of the most telling from the halls of ivy is the shortfall in revenue, which ...

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Will English Class Transcript Error Mean Rescinded Admission?

Question: Recently it has come to my attention that there was a discrepancy regarding two English courses on my undergraduate application; one of the English courses was entered in the wrong semester and the other English course was completely different than the one that is listed on my official transcripts. Upon finding this out, I ...

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Admission Highlights 2011

By most accounts, this has been a tumultuous year for college admissions, especially at the highest levels. I’ve written in past posts about the exceedingly competitive applicant pools and crushingly low acceptance rates of the Ivy League and other so-called “elite” colleges and universities. Now that the dust has begun to settle (except in the ...

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Ivy League: The Year of Single-Digit Acceptance Rates

Well, it’s over. Another anxiety-filled college admissions season has ended. March 30 was D-Day (“D” for “Decision”) for many high school seniors, especially those applying to the Ivy League and other so-called “elite” colleges and universities. For applicants aspiring to the Class of 2015, timing was unfortunate. This was, without question, the most difficult year ...

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The Agony of Ivy Admissions

Yesterday (March 30) was Ivy League application results day. As in years past, the center of the results universe was the College Confidential discussion forum, which outperformed Harvard’s email decision notification system. As of 10 p.m. last night, there were still many Harvard aspirants who either hadn’t received their admission decision email or who couldn’t ...

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