March 1, 2018

Everyone knows students have to compete for admission to selective colleges today.  More high school seniors are applying to more schools, more international students want U.S. educations, yet the number of seats available at top colleges and universities has barely budged. 

But where college we...

June 1, 2017

Some students want to get onto an Ivy League campus in the worst way.  And so they do:  they sign up for a summer program. 

These students spend one to three weeks sleeping in dorms and eating dining hall food, learning to make new friends, get along with roommates, survive independently, a...

January 1, 2017

Maybe you're too young to recognize the quotation from singer Elvis Costello, but everyone concerned about getting into college knows the truth contained in this title.  "Passion" has become almost a term of art for admissions officers.  No longer simply denoting strong enthusiasm or excitement, it...

November 1, 2015

In years past, a student could assess his chances of admission to a certain college by comparing his class rank and test scores against well-known benchmarks.  There were tacitly acknowledged cut-off scores below which the applicant could not expect to be admitted.  That was a reach school.  But eve...

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