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Parents Need NOT Worry About Gap Years

No one knows how many, but probably thousands of high school seniors raise the question of taking a year, before college, to do something else: travel, volunteer, explore. For many parents this instills fear. “Oh honey,” they implore, “that sounds … Continue reading

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Strong Students Need Not Be Intimidated By Low Admission Percentages

As students, parents, and guidance counselors watch acceptance percentages drop each year at the very most selective US colleges and universities (last year, Stanford and Harvard were below 6% admitted, Princeton , Yale and Penn were hovering below 8%, etc.), … Continue reading

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College Diversity: A New Ranking

The New York Times recently announced yet another ranking, this one a “College Access Index,” measuring accessibility for students with high financial need. The index measures the number of students receiving Pell Grants, percentage of students who graduate within six … Continue reading

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Grade Inflation at Leading US Colleges and Universities

Princeton University threw down the gauntlet a decade ago.  Grade inflation was seen as a serious problem, and the University imposed a deflation policy which stated that in each and every class on campus, less than 35% could receive an … Continue reading

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Princeton Announces Early Action Numbers

In the 1/8/14 Princeton Alumni Weekly, the admissions office posted the 2014 Early Action numbers: 3,854 students applied EA , and 714 (18.5%) of them were offered admission on 12/16/13.  Applications were up by 1% over last year, when the acceptance … Continue reading

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The Most Complex Higher Education Entrance Process in the World

Virtually all of this year’s college admission decisions have been made and communicated to students. The increased variety of admissions plans (rolling, early decision, early action etc.), applications deadlines, test requirements, and the bewildering non-pattern of reply dates make our … Continue reading

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