Elite College Admissions

The Ever More Slippery Slope

The Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA) verdicts began coming out yesterday. The news was even more grim than expected, as some of the news headlines testified: – College Admits 14.5 Percent of Early Applicants to Class of 2022 (Harvard) The College notified 964 students of their acceptance into the Class of 2022 Tuesday, ...

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New Horizons in College Admissions

For the most part, the Class of 2021 has ended its college quest. There were many winners, with their fat envelopes and exclamation point-laden emails, and there were, unfortunately, those with their skinny envelopes and conciliatory electronic messages. I sincerely hope that you high school seniors were in the former category. In looking back over ...

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Lost in Translation

High school seniors who are headed to college, as well as their parents, should know how to translate the words they hear from college admissions officials. This also applies to what they read on colleges’ Web sites and in their related literature. My College Confidential colleague, Sally Rubenstone, refers to this language as “AdmissionSpeak.” Shades ...

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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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The College Admissions “Frenzy”

Frenzy: extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement. Yep, that pretty much says it all about the annual rite of applying to and getting into college these days. You may recall that in the early days of January this year, I issued my Three Predictions. Prediction #1 was: The Ivy/elite admissions frenzy will continue unabated ...

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College Admissions: Now What?

High school seniors and their parents have just completed what is charitably known as “the college process.” For some students (and parents), depending on the general level of angst, this process may have started with pre-school, kindergarten, or during the elementary school years. Yes, that’s how intense and long-term the college process can be for ...

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Can College Admissions Get Any Harder?

Unless you have been vacationing on another planet, you probably have seen or heard a news article about how tough it was this past year to get into certain colleges. I have written about this before over the years here, but this year, like the past winter, seemed to be the most brutal regarding hopes ...

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Tending Your December Deferral

Now that the holidays are over, the reality of a new year and any back-to-school blues are probably kicking in now. The “bigger” blues for you may be in the form of having to live (and deal) with the deferral you got from your Early Decision or Early Action college back in December. You have ...

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