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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 Posts‘Tis the Season for College Fairs… The Climb to the Summit is Always the Most Beautiful, Yet Dangerous College Selection and Financial Aid in the Era of Rising College Tuition: Part One When a Letter …

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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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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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Early Admissions: “The New Normal”

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In what’s increasingly becoming an “Arms Race” of admissions, more and more students are applying early admissions.  The higher admit rates during early admissions in comparison with the regular decision period seemingly indicates greater chances for admissions.  For the current Class of 2021, 14.5% of Early Action applicants to Harvard were admitted, while during Regular …

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The Dilemma of Every College Applicant

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Do you know what you want?  Well, do ya… Related PostsPrivate Universities May Not Cost More Than A Public University, In the Final Analysis Guest Post: “I Changed My Major Five Times”: Advice from a Harvard College Dean Interest: Another Cost of Borrowing Student Loans MAAAAIL CALL: ‘Tis the Season for College Brochures More on …

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Harvard’s Going to Admit Less Kids to “Play”

Everyone knows someone’s daughter’s boyfriend’s cousin’s auntie’s neighbor’s niece who was a 4.0+ GPA, perfect 1600 SAT scoring, president of her class who didn’t get admitted into the university of her choice.  Being admitted to college only on one’s merits is a persistent expectation, despite the evidence of “worthy” students being denied admissions every year. …

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A Goodbye Note That Never Ends

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  About the author: Ashley is a recent graduate from Rocklin High School and leaves home to attend Oregon State University in ten days. Leaving for college is difficult, as any book, article, or adult worth their salt will agree. Despite the fact only four or so months will pass before reuniting, it’s impossible to …