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College Brand Name = Practical Benefits?

Admission results for the current application season have already begun to arrive. Those of you who have applied Early Decision (ED) and Early Action (EA), with its various monikers, have gotten your good, bad, and delayed news. From the perch on which I sit here at College Confidential, the focus we see tends to prominently ...

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Terms for The Uninitiated

There are many specialized terms associated with college admissions. If you are an observer of or participant in College Confidential’s discussion forum, you have no doubt encountered a few strange terms about which you may need to know more. So, today I thought that I would attempt to cover some of the language of college ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective (Final Thoughts)

For those of you who may have landed on this post, instead of my two previous posts regarding so-called “Ivy lust,” let me recap. I define Ivy lust as that almost indefinable force that attracts legions of high schoolers and even (especially?) their parents to the most prestigious and hard-to-get-into colleges and universities in America. ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective (Cont’d)

Last time, we began discussing what I call “Ivy lust.” I define Ivy lust as that almost indefinable force that attracts legions of high schoolers and even (especially?) their parents to the most prestigious and hard-to-get-into colleges and universities in America. It’s a force similar to the tractor beam in Star Trek, where the starship ...

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Ivy Lust? One Guy’s Perspective

As a co-founder of College Confidential back in the late summer of 2001, I have watched with interest over the past 14 years the types of students and parents whom CC has attracted. While the many articles, features, and resources CC offers can help high schoolers and their families seeking any level of college, the ...

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Rejections, Deferrals, and Wait Lists: Part 3

This is the third — and final — installment of a multi-part series on rejections, deferrals, and waitlistings that (unfortunately) some current high school seniors may experience in the coming months as they deal with the increasingly complex word of college admissions. I ended my last installment this way: “Being deferred is like holding your ...

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Rejections, Deferrals, and Wait Lists: Part 1

This post is the first in a series aimed at high school seniors who have begun or are about to begin their college application process. In past posts, I have covered just about every aspect of the college process, from choosing candidate schools, to visiting campuses (“campi”?), dealing with the Common Application, writing essays, etc., ...

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Applicant Anger

There’s an intriguing thread on the College Confidential discussion forum. What makes you ridiculously angry about the college admissions process? explores the issues that perplex and even possibly enrage college applicants and their parents. While the qualifier “ridiculously” in the thread’s title may be a bit over the top, there are certainly aspects of the ...

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Can You Afford Your Dream College?

The last of the Ivy-elite early admission results will be out this mid-December week. I’ve witnessed many happy reports from those who got their good news over the past few days or so. Of course, along with that good news comes the financial aid package, which, for those who are not in the “full pay” ...

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