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...

July 1, 2017

Americans seem to approach everything with optimism.  Just look at some of our more widespread clichés:

“Reach for the stars.”

“Anything is possible.”

“Follow your dreams.” 

Many colleges – including the most highly selective – are quick to encourage this kind of thinking.  Even with (in some cases) mor...

November 2, 2016

This time of year, nearly all seniors wish they had started on their college applications earlier.  Some are even starting to panic.  Many Early Action and Early Decision deadlines have come and gone, financial aid forms are due, and heaven help the senior who is still working on higher test scores....

October 1, 2016

Worry about college admission testing can stress out even the best students.  Some take the SAT or ACT three, four or more times, trying to eke out every last point, and poring over concordance tables to discern which scores to submit with their applications.  If you are one of those people dedicati...

July 1, 2016

In most parts of the country, spring is slowly blossoming into summer.  Finally, a chance to change gears, experience a more relaxed schedule and -- if you are a rising high school senior –- start on that Common App essay!  If you thought junior year was hectic and stressful, imagine next fall, when...

April 1, 2016

More and more colleges are allowing students to complete their applications without submitting SAT or ACT scores.  FairTest lists more than 850 institutions that do not use standardized tests to admit substantial numbers of their freshman classes.

Why would an institution choose to downplay standardi...

December 1, 2015

Abigail Fisher is having the unusual experience of a second appearance before the nation's highest tribunal, the Supreme Court.  She is arguing that the University of Texas discriminated against her because of her race (she is white) when the institution admitted black students with lower grades and...

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