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Legacies Have Leg Up in College Admissions

Ever wonder about legacy preferences in college admissions?  Richard D. Kahlenberg’s book “Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions" examines legacy admission practices at a number of institutions including Brown, Princeton, Harvard, Penn and Dartmouth. The Choice…

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The Early Decision Advantage

How much of a better chance does a student have by applying early decision? "Usually a lot better." Steve Cohen, in his blog, shares acceptance statistics for a number of selective colleges offering early decision programs. The blog discusses…

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College Admissions: What's Most Important?

College Admissions officers try to build a diverse and balanced class of motivated, involved, and qualified students with genuine interests, impressive achievements, interesting talents & experiences, good character and real personalities – with the potential to “fit in” and be an asset to the school.   Passion, intellectual curiosity, maturity, leadership, commitment and energy are particularly important.

The admissions committee looks for evidence of these qualities and achievements in the application, essays, interviews, recommendations, and extracurricular activities.
The most competitive schools have far more qualified applicants than places in the incoming freshman class.   So, it’s critical for even the most qualified candidates to stand out in a positive way.
Here’s what Admissions Officers focus on:

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