Admissions

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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It’s Harder Than You Think

D-Day has come and gone. I’m talking about Decision Day for the Ivy League schools. Those applicants holding their breath for their Regular Decision decisions on March 28 this year were sufficiently nervous to cause server slowdowns on the College Confidential discussion forum. That’s a tribute to their anxiety, eagerness, and just plain curiosity. If ...

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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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College Applicant Synergy

What’s with this so-called “holistic” admissions process that colleges brag about? First of all, what the heck does holistic mean? Well, let’s look for a dictionary explanation: The Free Dictionary (my go-to Web word-definition resource) describes holistic as “Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts. Concerned with wholes rather than ...

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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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Your College Application Billboard

In today’s world, we are being constantly bombarded by advertising intended to “market” this or that product or service. I foresee a future world where advertisements and slick 30-second commercials are beamed directly into our heads. We’ll be taking a nice quiet walk in the autumn woods when suddenly, out of nowhere, we’ll hear a ...

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Late-Spring/Summer College Spots Still Available

How did the college application process go for you this year? Did you get a nice pile of acceptances along with a few disappointments? That’s the usual outcome for the overwhelming majority of high school seniors who applied to college this year and most other years. However, there is a possibility that things might not ...

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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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Elite Admissions Reality Show

Here’s a superb film about elite college admissions that parents should see. Why am I singling out parents? Well, that’s because when you watch In 500 Words or Less, you’ll get to see the sometimes less-than-positive effects of your good intentions while “helping” your high school senior with his or her college process. Of course, ...

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