Acceptance

Admission Highlights 2011

By most accounts, this has been a tumultuous year for college admissions, especially at the highest levels. I’ve written in past posts about the exceedingly competitive applicant pools and crushingly low acceptance rates of the Ivy League and other so-called “elite” colleges and universities. Now that the dust has begun to settle (except in the ...

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The May 1 College Decision Looms

High school seniors: Have you made you college enrollment decision yet? If not, you’ve got just over a week. May 1 is the almost universal response deadline for agreeing to attend a certain college. Some of you most fortunate applicants are sitting on a pile of attractive acceptances. Your decision will likely be more difficult ...

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College Admissions Stutter Step

If you’re a high school senior or parent, you no doubt have seen the elation and disappointment of this year’s college admission decisions season. There are three answers to the question “Did you get in?” Two are of the black or white category. White: “Yes!” Black: “No.” The third is of the gray variety: “Waitlist.” ...

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Tips for Getting Off the Yale Waitlist

Question: Our son is waitlisted at Yale. What can he do to improve his chance to get admitted? Below are some generic tips for students who are in waitlist limbo. Note, however, that the more sought-after the school, the less likely that waitlisted students will get good news. And those who do often fill enrollment ...

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Inside Elite Admissions

Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall during college admissions committee deliberations? When it came to my own children, a son and daughter, I often fantasized about being able to witness their respective colleges’ reactions to their applications. I wasn’t as interested in hearing highly complimentary personal things about their accomplishments as ...

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Denials and Deferrals

It’s that time of year again. High school seniors around the globe are staring into their mailboxes and computer screens to see the results of their college application process. If you’re one of those expectant applicants you know what I mean by anxious anticipation. When you play the high-stakes game of elite college admissions, sometimes ...

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Thin Envelopes & Thin Skins

As I write this, we’re now within a few weeks of Early Decision and Early Action results. Tensions are running high for both applicants and their families. The mail carrier is fast becoming a VIP. This is one of the most agonizing times for applicants. What will the mailbox reveal? Hopefully, not the dreaded thin ...

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Will Admission Committees Look Down on Multiple Transfers?

Question: I am a college sophomore and potential transfer student who went to a 4-year institution for the fall semester in 2009 and then transferred to a community college at home for the spring semester 2010 to bring up my grades. I am now at another 4-year institution just to suffice since I did not ...

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Newsworthy Numbers

The New York Times‘ Eric Platt sums it up: . . . the admissions season for 2010 has shaped up to be one of the most competitive, and uncertain, in memory . . . And Barmak Nassirian, executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers adds the exclamation point: The percentage ...

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Will Summer School F Mean Rescinded Transfer Acceptance?

Question: My son attended a local community college and was accepted to transfer to a four-year college as a junior this fall. However, he received a failing grade in a summer session class he just took. Does this mean he cannot transfer? This is a question that your son will have to ask the admission ...

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