Category Archive: Ivy League

Jun 03

When a Friend Chooses a College, Be Happy or Be Quiet

“People would have to be pretty oblivious to social cues to offer their two cents about an important, personal decision after that decision had already been made with great care. And so it is with choosing a college. The luckiest students are surrounded by supportive peers, teachers and family members. The benefit of this good …

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Apr 08

Five People Worth Talking To On Your College Visit

Don’t just sit in on the college’s presentation or just take the guided tour! “Most college visit advice focuses on the immediately practical: Ask the admission office what activities are available to you. Check to see if appointments are needed in advance. Leave plenty of time for parking. Take pictures. Take notes. And above all …

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Apr 02

5 Questions Asked By a Harvard Admissions Interviewer

”’What have you read recently?’ With this question, Bayor says she would try to determine how intellectually curious and engaged in the world the students were. “You want someone basically who is already at an adult level in terms of their ability to have a conversation, their ability to have many, many topics that are …

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Feb 19

Nearly 40,000 Apply To Harvard – College Class Of ’21

“Applications for admission to Harvard College rose to nearly 40,000 this year, with a record 39,494 students applying, up 1.2 percent from last year…. Countering a national trend, interest in the humanities has been rising at Harvard. This year, applicants with an interest in the field saw a 3 percent increase from last year’s applicant …

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Dec 17

Five Myths of a Liberal Arts Education

“Here are the five big myths surrounding liberal arts education — and why you shouldn’t believe them: Liberal arts education is only for the elite It’s prohibitively expensive to attend a liberal arts college Graduates have a staggering amount of debt This kind of education isn’t practical Liberal arts graduates are unemployable We only need …

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Oct 30

How To Make Sense of College Rankings

Frank Bruni of the New York Times writes about rankings. “Rothwell, who is now at Gallup, conceded that even the best rankings were ‘deeply flawed.’ ‘They don’t measure learning outcomes,’ he told me, ‘and it seems to me that that’s probably the chief goal of higher education: to teach people.’… ‘We should not overlook the …

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Jun 13

The Power of Introverts

Are you a quiet child? Do you have a quiet child? What are the best ways for introverts to prepare for college and adjust to campus life? Listen to interesting podcasts by Susan Cain on this subject by clicking here.

Jun 05

Colleges’ Low Acceptance Rates

Take a look at the damage done by those low acceptance rates. “Those inculcated with the idea that only a high status college will do for their post-secondary lives must endure a four-year slog through high school to position themselves for a virtually impossible result.” See how many students “fell during ‘The Charge of the …

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May 15

Why Your New SAT Score Is Not As Strong As You Think It Is

This is an important article about the new SAT. “Many college-bound students across America are celebrating this week what appear to be impressive results from the revised SAT. But in general the scores are not as strong as they seem at first glance.”  Read more by clicking here.

May 08

Who Gets Accepted?

“What It Takes– How does Stanford’s undergraduate admissions staff decide who gets accepted? Short answer: It’s complicated…. Even perfect test scores don’t guarantee admission. Far from it: 69 percent of Stanford’s applicants over the past five years with SATs of 2400—the highest score possible—didn’t get in…. ‘When [Stanford] takes students,’ says Figueroa, who, as an …

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