Ivy League

Long-Lost Dad and Dartmouth “Legacy” Hook

Question: Does the Dartmouth admissions office contact the parent that is an alum? My son will be applying as a legacy and is a “good fit” for Dartmouth, however, his father decided he did not want children after our son was born and has chosen not to be a part of his life. So, I’m ...

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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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Which Senior Math Class Will Boost Ivy Odds?

What math course should I take in my senior year in order to have a great chance of earning acceptance to an Ivy League school if I am currently a sophomore enrolled in Precalculus? The Ivy League colleges expect that the majority of their admitted students will have taken the “Most Demanding” course load available ...

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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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Is a Public U. Grad Competitive at Top Med Schools?

Question: I am currently a high school junior, interested in majoring in pre-med and ultimately going to medical school. I have good grades and test scores and have been taking rigorous classes, and I hope to go to University of Illinois. There are many private schools I would like to go to, but, frankly, they’re ...

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Will B’s in Very Advanced Classes Hurt Ivy Admission Odds?

Question: My son skipped a grade and has been taking rigorous courses in his high school since 9th grade. He was the only student in his entire class who took AP Calculus in 9th grade, AP Physics in 10th grade and college math in 11th grade, etc. However, he did not always reach satisfactory grades ...

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Impact of 8th-Grade Classes on Ivy Aspirations?

Question: I’m an eighth grader who received the opportunity to take 3 high school credit classes this year. I can honestly say I am doing the poorest I’ve ever done, mostly due to my horrible grades on semester exams. I realize I have a LONG way to go, so should I even be worried about ...

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Using English and not Korean Name on MIT Application

Question: I want to apply MIT. MIT has the special admission system called MyMIT. When I tried to register on MyMIT, they requested my English name, but I’m Korean, so I haven’t English name. What do I do? MIT just wants your name translated into the English alphabet. They aren’t looking for an actual English ...

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Early Admission: Troubling Trend?

The Early Decision/Early Action circus is mostly over for yet another year. Things haven’t gotten any better for stressed-out applicants. Looking at the results from the top schools that so many lust after shows once again how heavily the deck is stacked in favor of the colleges, much to the displeasure and burden of the ...

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