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NO SAT!?! NO ACT!?! UChicago’s Curve Ball

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Testing is not the be-all and the end-all, said James G. Nondorf, U-Chicago’s dean of admissions and financial aid. He said he didn’t want “one little test score” to end up “scaring students off” who are otherwise qualified. From The Washington Post,  June 14, 2018 On June 14, 2018, the University of Chicago’s John W. …

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College Application or Marriage Proposal?

Applying to college isn’t simple.  Metaphorically, choosing a college can be like an arranged marriage—parents are involved in the choosing process, lifelong expectations are being weighted and future prosperity is being forecasted. “Dowries” are paid in the form of tuition, room and board, books etc.   Students seek a college that’s the “right fit“, dating …

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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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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 PostsInterest: Another Cost of Borrowing Student Loans MAAAAIL CALL: ‘Tis the Season for College Brochures Aspiration Is Bigger Than A Job A Life Lived in Greatness Will continuing tuition increases eventually cool demand for college?

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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 PostsNot Every Student Loan Balance Is In the Six Figures or Overdue Maybe a Summer-Slide Is Just What the Doctor Ordered? How to Reduce College Costs College Degree’s Changing Value Defining Claremont McKenna: Understanding the Supplement Essay Prompt

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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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College Admissions: Controlled Chaos

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How college applicants view college admissions officers   And, how college applicants view themselves: Then, how parents of college applicants feel: For all, Sir Winston Churchill offers sage advice: ‘Cuz in the end:   Related PostsGo Slow. You’ll Know. Guest Post: How often should you talk to your college student? Parents Mean Well Ahead of …

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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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College Admissions Season is Now Open

Is she mad? She just ate her first pop-tart! Related PostsAffording College Expenses = Planning, Planning and More Planning Academic Cheating: No Simple Explanations How Are Middle & Upper Income Families Affording College? What’s Planted in the “Garden of Your Mind”? The Bill Always Comes Due