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Two 2019 Elite College Rankings That Measure ROI

The decision that their son or daughter will attend an elite college or university to which they have been admitted calls for a substantial financial commitment from even an affluent American family. Tuition, room, board, and fees for a bachelor’s … read more

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Resources for Your Target Schools List

U.S. News & World Report just released its annual College Rankings issue, the most popular of several reviews and rankings of colleges by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Money, Forbes, Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, Washington Monthly, and Barron’s. … read more

2019 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

The 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings was released in September to the usual media fanfare. Much attention is accorded this annual publication because the U.S. News rankings are the most commonly used as … read more

Stanford’s Expansion Program

One of the most basic of the tenets of economics describes the relationship of supply and demand. It holds that the supply of a good or service in a free market will increase until it attains equilibrium with the demand … read more


2018 Ivy League Admissions Overview

In the last post, we provided a summary of the Class of 2022 admissions results at top-tier colleges and universities. It included Table A, a comparison of the Class of 2022 to the Class of 2021 for application volumes, … read more

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2018 Admissions Rates at Top-Tier Institutions

The competitiveness of admissions at elite schools has intensified over the last decade. According to a study done by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the percentage of applicants accepted has declined by 6% during this period. Admission rates, … read more

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Visit the Libraries at Top-Tier Colleges

The library is a home away from home for many college students. If you ask an admissions officer or a high school guidance counselor about things to do when you visit a college, among the activities that they’ll recommend is … read more

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Firms That Improve Your College Visit Experience

At this time of year, IvySelect’s high school seniors are focused on optimizing their college applications. They’re working with us to write personal statements, develop essays that respond to the prompts of specific schools, and making sure that all components … read more

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The Number of Applications and Your College List

Admission to the most highly selective colleges in America isn’t impossible, but it is improbable. The odds are strongly against you. Admission rates at these institutions range from about 5% to the low teens, and almost all applicants are excellent … read more

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Yes – Even Top-Tier Colleges Play the Rankings Game

After years of preparation, you now find that you’re finally in the market for a college. You want to determine which colleges are right for you because you’ll need to apply to them soon. Naturally, you’ll look for publications to … read more