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2017 College-Related Resolutions

Okay. Happy New Year, everyone! A new year. Literally. Cool. For you, a new start, perhaps? A set of new goals? Maybe a group of new goals. What will your year hold? Let’s examine some possible resolutions to adopt that relate to college. First of all, let’s define some terms. “Resolution.” Exactly what does that ...

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Holy Holistics, Batman!

I started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum entitled “3 Holistic College Admissions Trends to Watch.” It has inspired some spirited parsing among the regulars there. I thought that today’s post might inform those of you unfamiliar with so-called “holistic” admissions about a rather unusual approach used by some colleges to select their ...

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Will Minimum Credits and Pass/Fail Grades Hurt Med School Applicant?

Question: I’m considering applying to med school or some kind of graduate school program in health or sciences after I get my degree. Will taking the minimum number of required credits every year affect how my application is viewed? and what about opting for the P/NP option on some of the courses I find difficult? ...

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Why So Many 4.0 GPA’s on SuperMatch?

Question: How are average GPAs computed for purposes of College Confidential’s Supermatch College Search? The College Search lists at least 31 colleges with Average GPAs of 4, the highest unweighted GPA possible. If they have average GPAs of 4.0, more than half of their incoming freshmen must have high school unweighted GPAs of 4.0 and ...

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Bizarro College Admissions

One of the more irrational exercises high school seniors undergo this time of year 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 hard ...

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Must We Correct Misreported GPA?

Question: My granddaughter was just accepted to college. However, looking at her application we noticed she messed up her GPA. She submitted 4.2 instead of 4.1. What do we do? We were told that they actually use the official transcript to make a determination. There are plenty of things to worry about when your grandchildren ...

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Getting In: Mistaken Assumptions?

In my humble opinion, conventional wisdom is a lot like stereotypes. They can both lead to miscalculation and, ultimately, disappointment, especially in the confusing and seemingly perilous world of college admissions. One example of conventional wisdom might be the “More is better” mindset. If two letters of reference are required, then four could be twice ...

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College Admissions Mythology

In most areas of life, common wisdom can be a dangerous thing. One area where the damage can be acute is in college admissions. Many high school students (and many of their parents) depend on peer advice to make crucial decisions about applying to and getting into college. Garnering wisdom from friends and even family ...

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How Should Hawaiian Student Report GPA on Applications?

Question: I’m currently a sophomore in high school living in Hawaii. I go to a Hawaii public school and we have specific standards as far as grading is concerned (all + and – are not included in final grades). Also, I’m in AP courses. Since these both affect my GPA, I was wondering what GPA ...

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Is Senior Course Load Rigorous Enough for the Ivy League?

Question: My son is hoping to apply to Stanford, Columbia, Yale and Northwestern. He has a 36 composite ACT and a 4.4 weighted GPA (on a 4.0 scale). He has completed 4 AP classes up to this point and earned 5’s on all of the exams. We recently received his senior year schedule. Fall includes ...

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