Ivy League

Pricey Prestigious College vs. Great Merit Money?

Question: I’m sure this question is asked again and again, but I think it’s very common. I scored super high on the SAT and have a strong GPA. I have been award substantial scholarship money to so-so colleges, and some scholarship money to some big-name universities. If a college isn’t in, say, the top 30 ...

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Impact of Arts Supplement on Elite College Admissions?

Question: My daughter has used the Art Supplement for dance and drama at Stanford. Can you explain how this supplement influences her overall admission chances? Colleges like Stanford use arts supplements to scout for exceptional talent. It can indeed be mind-boggling to discover how many high school students have had extensive experience in theater, visual ...

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Legacy Applicants Have Admissions Advantage

LOL! I bestow upon this study the infamous DUH! of the Century Award. You gotta be kidding me. A new study of 30 highly selective colleges conducted by a Harvard University researcher found that legacy applicants–students who have a family connection at a school–have a significant advantage in admission. I wonder how many taxpayer dollars ...

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Chances of Successful Appeal at Pitt?

Question: I was recently denied by the University of Pittsburgh’s Main Campus, my first choice. I immediately requested to have myself reconsidered. If I send in my mid-year grades and score well on the ACT, what are my chances of being granted admission? I can’t quantify your odds, but the chances of overturning a denial ...

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Tips For Stanford Aspirant from Weak High School

Question: I am in 10th grade now and would really like to get into Stanford University, but I go to school in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The curriculum at my school is not the best and I don’t think I will measure up to the standards of Stanford. What can I do? What do I need to ...

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Help With Columbia Deferral Reversal

I first of all want to say how much I appreciate the amount of insight about the college application process that is available on College Confidential. I would truly be lost without the advice. That said, I am a high school senior who worked really hard on her college applications, especially the one to Columbia ...

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The $64,000 Question

Are you familiar with the term “ROI”?  In the business world, it stands for Return on Investment. In the world of college admissions, ROI can play a significant role, too. Like the old TV quiz program, the $64,000 Question (which will soon be the yearly cost of elite colleges) is: Does it matter where you ...

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Early Action at Yale AND at SUNY Binghamton?

Question: Can I apply to Yale using Single Choice Early Action and SUNY Binghamton via Early Action? I live in New York. Yale’s Single Choice Early Action policy can be confusing. I guess they figure that, if you’re smart enough to figure it out, you’re smart enough for Yale. 🙂 Here’s what Yale says about ...

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Going “Ivy” on A Budget

Got a quarter-million bucks to shell out for an Ivy League degree? Well, first you have to get in, but let’s not worry about that right now. Single-digit acceptance rates aside, the prestige factor of an Ivy League degree has driven many families and students into massive long-term debt. Some never recover and some never ...

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AP Spanish Lit or French 5?

Question: My daughter, a high school senior applying to Ivy League schools, attended a French Lycee from age three until age 12. She is fluent and has continued some classes outside of school. Her high school record, however, does not reflect the French as she took three years of Spanish, including AP Spanish last year. ...

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