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College Admissions in the 21st Century

In an age when reality television and social media provide unprecedented access toward fulfilling virtually all areas of human curiosity, the college admissions process remains, in large part, shrouded in secrecy. There are rarely, if ever, exposés about this industry (yes – industry, as it […]

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Class-based Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The United States Supreme Court is expected to soon deliver its ruling regarding the use of race and ethnicity as considerations in college admissions. Many believe that a majority of the Court’s nine members will vote in favor of altogether banning or drastically altering the […]

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The SAT is Getting a Makeover

This week, College Board president David Coleman announced that the SAT will undergo a transformation geared at refocusing the test toward the “core set of knowledge and skills” he considers essential for all college-bound high school graduates. In doing so, Coleman hopes to make the […]

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What If College Admissions Was Modeled After the NFL?

In an increasingly competitive college landscape, there’s a growing push for colleges to employ methods that could reduce the cutthroat nature of the competition among all parties involved. This isn’t to suggest that all competition is bad, but that perhaps there is a more cooperative […]

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The Meaning of Merit

As college admissions officers continue the search to find meaningful metrics to evaluate students, the definition of ‘merit’ has transformed. With less emphasis on standardized tests, admissions processes have become increasingly more subjective, opening themselves to greater legal scrutiny. In light of ongoing affirmative action […]

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Keeping Track of Campus Visitors

The campus tour is one of the most important aspects of the search process as it facilitates an unmediated experience by which prospective students (and parents) examine various colleges. For the colleges, it provides an even greater opportunity to lure students in through documentation […]

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How to Choose a College

With college admissions deadlines finally in your rear-view mirror, hopefully you’re feeling content about the schools to which you applied. Consider the criteria you used in finalizing your list of colleges. Your major, the size, opportunities to study abroad and conduct research were probably among […]

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State of College Admissions

New data released this week from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in its State of College Admission Report reveals high levels of uncertainty about various aspects of the college admission process. It addresses issues such as an increasingly robust [and […]

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On April 15 and 16, 2009, Wake Forest University hosted top admissions officers and leading researchers from Berkeley, Duke, Harvard, Ohio State, Princeton, Texas, Virginia, Yale and other universities along with the director of data research for U.S. News & World Report for the Rethinking Admissions conference.