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Only 2.43% Made the Cut

By definition, “highly selective college admissions” means more applicants denied than accepted. Harvard’s admissions results put the exclamation mark on the above statement. 98% or 40,003 people, a combination of “36,119 regular decision applicants, plus the 4,882 students deferred in the early action process” were denied admissions for Fall 2018. And, before assuming that applying Early …

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College Admissions Purgatory

A waitlist offer is the in-between of admissions decisions—not a yes and not a no, more like a maybe. Applicants can ask questions, like “Why wasn’t I good enough to make the cut?”, yet at the same time be hopeful and think, “Well, at least, I still have a chance.” And, then the comparisons with …

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College Admissions Decisions: The Troll Underneath the Bridge or The Gateway to Oz

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As college admissions decisions are delivered to email and postal mail boxes all over the world, the decisions can seem to either validate or condemn a lifetime’s efforts. However, just as in Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do, where Harvard Professor Michael Sandel hypothesizes a straightforward college acceptance letter, the truth can be more layered: In …

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A River Runs Through It

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The late winter run-off from 12 years of school melting during the latter half of a high school senior year can create an emotional flood. A confluence of Senioritis and waiting for college admissions responses quickly overruns the levees built during a senior’s youth-limited life experience. Seniors decry, “When will I hear from colleges?” or …

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College Acceptances Are Like the Oscars for Seventeen Year Olds

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Receiving a college acceptance letter can feel like a Sally-Field-Oscar-Acceptance-Speech moment.  ;> Cheers to everyone receiving more than one! Related PostsSummer and the College Essay Dream B I G What Trends in Public University Tuition Means for College Bound Seniors Guest Post: Life After Getting Into College More About: To Seek Early Admissions or Not, …

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What If’s?

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The What If’s seem more than the I Know’s when applying to college.  While teens are the ones applying to college, parents have their own unique doubts, as they watch from the sidelines while their seniors complete college applications. Work colleagues who often share their opinions about college can further fuel parents’ second-guessing.   But, just …

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Carpe Diem

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From the Business Insider, an interview with Mr. [Jeff] Bezos about choosing “service and adventure” over “ease and comfort”. “Bezos said everyone has two options for creating their “life story.” Either you go for a life of “ease and comfort” or a life of “service and adventure.” Bezos is clear about which is the right …

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Guest Post: The Meritocracy-Diversity Divide

Affirmative action policies could use closer scrutiny—but don’t lose sight of their benefits. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION is an increasingly rare sort of debate, the kind where both sides present a valid analysis of a complex and thorny issue. This is not always the case. On climate change, the left is reacting to a real, imminent problem, …

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The Final Lap

California’s high school seniors (and increasingly non-Californian high school seniors) will be eating  turkey, yams and mashed potatoes and gravy in the glow of a computer screen, as they complete their University of California (UC) applications.  Any parent who believes that Thanksgiving will be an incentive to finish college applications early will be sorely disappointed.   In fifteen …

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In the Midst of College Admissions, Brilliance is Born

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The Daily Academic Dilemma Director: Surya Sundararajan with an assist from Hubbubbaloo Creative Related PostsSelfish Caring “I Forgot My Calculator for the ACT!” And, The Oops! Award for Fall 2016 College Admissions Goes To… Guest Post: Parent to Parent Advice about College Applications Wait…I Have Student Debt?!?