Ivy League

Those Glorious Ivy-Covered Campuses

A considerable portion of the cost of running a college or university comes from making the grounds and buildings look beautiful. You can imagine how much the landscaping alone can cost. There’s all that grassy acreage to keep cut and tons of trees, shrubs, and flowers to maintain, not to mention fresh paint on buildings ...

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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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Positive Disappointments

Oscar Wilde said, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” Typical Oscar Wilde. Well, it’s that time of year again. We’re on the cusp of the big Common Notification Date, which, for the Ivy League, is, “usually in late March or early ...

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“Best Value” Colleges

Here we go again. Every year, various publications come out with their “rankings.” You’ll see biggest party schools, top-ranked universities and liberal arts colleges, best food (I mentioned those schools a while ago), best teachers, best grad programs, most expensive, most beautiful campuses, etc., etc. You’ll even get the flip side with all those “worst” ...

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Zoology Programs in Texas?

Question: I am currently a junior in high school. I was wondering if there are any colleges in Texas that have a class in Zoology. I am really interested in a career in where I get to study animals, especially in their habitats. Thank you, this would really mean a lot and I’d have a ...

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Is Harvard Education Worth the Price … and the Loans?

Question: My older son was admitted to Stanford and Princeton but I convinced him to go to UCLA because he was given free tuition. We don’t qualify for any need-based scholarship and my younger son, a rising high school senior, might be facing the same situation. If, for example he gets into Harvard, would it ...

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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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Will Post-Grad High School Year Boost Ivy/Elite Admission Odds?

Question: Can doing a post-graduate year improve or decrease chances of admissions to a top tier or Ivy League college? Doing a Post-Graduate (PG) year will rarely hurt admission odds (unless the GPA goes down or the student gets suspended for bad behavior or lands in similar hot water). The PG year might raise Ivy ...

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Should We Hire a Private College Counselor?

Question: Our friends have hired an independent college counselor to help their son maximize his Ivy League admission chances. My own son (a junior with a B/B- average) has a college list that is far more modest, but the guidance counselor at his high school is new and doesn’t seem very well informed. We are ...

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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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