Ivy League

Myths and Truths About Applying to Ivy League Schools

Today’s article was written by Erica Cirino. When it comes to applying to college, there’s no one-size-fits all formula. Because every student is different, colleges weigh each student’s application differently. Further, some colleges place more weight on certain aspects of students’ applications, such as the admissions essay or standardized test scores. Applying to Ivy League ...

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A Journey Through College Confidential

The College Confidential site is huge. If you go to its home page, you’ll find all kinds of great incentives on which to click. However, one of the hidden gems resides way down at the bottom of that page. Scroll down as far as you can go and click on that tiny link, “Site Map.” ...

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Apple Trees, Hammocks, and College Prep

I’d like to address high school juniors today, those who are at the end of their 11th-grade year. Some may have already graduated, although at this date it’s a bit early. Those who have graduated (or will soon do so) become so-called “rising seniors.” They will ascend to the highest level of high school student. ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective (Final Thoughts)

For those of you who may have landed on this post, instead of my two previous posts regarding so-called “Ivy lust,” let me recap. I define Ivy lust as that almost indefinable force that attracts legions of high schoolers and even (especially?) their parents to the most prestigious and hard-to-get-into colleges and universities in America. ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective (Cont’d)

Last time, we began discussing what I call “Ivy lust.” I define Ivy lust as that almost indefinable force that attracts legions of high schoolers and even (especially?) their parents to the most prestigious and hard-to-get-into colleges and universities in America. It’s a force similar to the tractor beam in Star Trek, where the starship ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective

As a co-founder of College Confidential back in the late summer of 2001, I have watched with interest over the past 14 years the types of students and parents whom CC has attracted. While the many articles, features, and resources CC offers can help high schoolers and their families seeking any level of college, the ...

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Can You Afford Your Dream College?

The last of the Ivy-elite early admission results will be out this mid-December week. I’ve witnessed many happy reports from those who got their good news over the past few days or so. Of course, along with that good news comes the financial aid package, which, for those who are not in the “full pay” ...

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More College Rankings

If you’re a high school student, or the parent of a high school student, trying to figure out what colleges might be the best for you or your child to consider, the wonderful world of college rankings may appear to be a good place to start your search for candidates. To see just how daunting  ...

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Do I Have a Shot at a Private College?

Question: Will I be able to get into a private college? I am just finishing 10th grade and I have a 3.24 gpa; I’m in Choir; I play the guitar; I do a lot of community service through my church; I tutor elementary school students. Thank you so much! You seem to be under the ...

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Ivy Monikers

Over my many years as an independent college admissions counselor, I’ve often wondered about what motivates high schoolers to apply to certain colleges. Certainly, there are practical reasons, like legacy. If Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Auntie, or Uncle Fred went there, then that’s good enough for some, especially if a legacy connection can result in some ...

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