Ivy League

What Studies Show that Elite Colleges Are Worth the Cost?

Question: Can you direct me to any studies that support what I will call the “reputational difference” of attending an “elite” school. My son is applying to UPenn, Princeton, Stanford, WashU, Northwestern as well as a few smaller private institutions. The cost to attend these “elite” schools is $25K – $30K higher than these smaller ...

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Should Guidance Counselor Explain Course Drop Due to Surgery?

Question: I am applying to several Ivy league and similar universities. A few weeks ago, I was hospitalized rather abruptly and had to get surgery, forcing me to miss about a week’s worth of classes. The surgery has rendered me weaker than normal, and as a result, I tire very easily now. Because I have ...

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Most Expensive Colleges for 2011-2012

Here’s an amazing fact: In 2007, there was only one college that had a total cost of over $50,000. Now, there are 20 that cost over $55,000. Sounds like lots of schools are jumping on the high-cost bandwagon. The first question that pops into my head is: Are we getting what we’re paying for and ...

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Is Senior Course Load Rigorous Enough for the Ivy League?

Question: My son is hoping to apply to Stanford, Columbia, Yale and Northwestern. He has a 36 composite ACT and a 4.4 weighted GPA (on a 4.0 scale). He has completed 4 AP classes up to this point and earned 5’s on all of the exams. We recently received his senior year schedule. Fall includes ...

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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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Ivy League: The Year of Single-Digit Acceptance Rates

Well, it’s over. Another anxiety-filled college admissions season has ended. March 30 was D-Day (“D” for “Decision”) for many high school seniors, especially those applying to the Ivy League and other so-called “elite” colleges and universities. For applicants aspiring to the Class of 2015, timing was unfortunate. This was, without question, the most difficult year ...

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The Agony of Ivy Admissions

Yesterday (March 30) was Ivy League application results day. As in years past, the center of the results universe was the College Confidential discussion forum, which outperformed Harvard’s email decision notification system. As of 10 p.m. last night, there were still many Harvard aspirants who either hadn’t received their admission decision email or who couldn’t ...

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Harvard Summer School or International Debate Tournament?

Question: How much weight will summer school carry on my applications versus representing my country in a national event? I have just been selected for the National Debating team (for Sri Lanka). However, our main tournament is over the summer when I was planning to attend summer school at Harvard. The Harvard summer school program ...

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College Suggestions for High-Achieving Hispanic Student

Question: I am an Hispanic (Dominican) male attending high school in New Jersey. I will be finishing junior year with approximately a 4.25 GPA and will continue taking 5 AP course senior year. My ACT scores are between 27-31. I am in the National Honor Society, will be a 4 year member of Future Business ...

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