Acceptance

Is Sophomore on Track for the Ivies et al?

Question: I am an upcoming sophomore at my high school and I would like to attend a private university (e.g. Vanderbilt, Emory), a private liberal arts school (e.g. Rhodes, Williams), or an Ivy League (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Columbia specifically). I am currently in my school’s Pre-IB program with a 4.1 GPA. I am in ...

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Did Financial Aid Application Affect Ivy League Decisions?

Question: My daughter applied to the Ivies in the “financial aid required” category and did not get in. From information gathered since then, I believe that she probably would have secured admission if she had applied in a ” no financial need” category. What are your thoughts? Unless your daughter is an international student (i.e., ...

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When Will Brown Notify Waitlisted Students?

Question: My daughter is still waiting and wishing for good news from Brown. We will be leaving for China in two weeks. When will my daughter receive a final word from Brown so that she will be at peace with her plans and can relax on vacation? Waitlist practices vary from college to college … ...

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Waitlist Purgatory and Yield

When I was in the Navy (back around the time ships had just switched from oars to sails), I worked on nuclear weapons. Yes, those big gray ships sometimes carry The Bomb. The term “yield” referred there to the explosive power of a weapon. The higher the yield, the greater the blast and resulting destruction. ...

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Colleges with Vacancies

It’s not too late! If you are a high school senior who hasn’t yet enrolled in a college (for whatever reason), there’s still time, believe it or not. Yes, May 1 is the traditional deadline for enrollment deposits for the vast majority of colleges and universities in America, but you would be surprised just how ...

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What Are U. of Michigan’s Waitlist Plans?

Question: My son has been waitlisted by the University of Michigan, so I would like to know if Michigan is accepting applicants off the waitlist this year. Also, when do they start taking people off the waitlist? This is a question for U. of Michigan, not “The Dean.” You should feel free to contact the ...

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Which Counts More-GPA or Class Rank?

Question: I have a pretty high GPA (3.89 Unweighted; 4.35 Weighted), but a low class rank (96/300). How much does this affect my chances at an Ivy League school? Do they care more about GPA or class rank? College admission officials care the most about your grades in the most challenging courses, especially in your ...

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When Do Colleges Rescind Acceptances?

Question: Under what conditions would a college take back an acceptance? This question is an oldie but goodie. “The Dean” has answered various versions of it many times before. Yet just as spring has sprung, so, too, have the worries of admitted students who succumbed to senioritis (and other questionable behaviors) after the ink was ...

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Thin Envelope Blues

Yes, it’s that time of year. April 2. The Day After. Yesterday was The Big Day. The Ivy League released their admission decisions and high school seniors all over the world got the news they had been so anxiously awaiting since late December. Some of those seniors are on Cloud Nine today. Many others are ...

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Will I Lose My College Spot After May 1?

Question: Will I lose my spot at a college if I don’t respond and send in my enrollment by May 1st? I’m still waiting to hear back from other schools, but I want to make sure I won’t lose my spot at one of my top choices. Yes, it is very possible that you will ...

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