Update on the Coalition for Access for 2017-2018

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success was launched with much fanfare in 2015 by a group of colleges and universities, including a number of the most highly selective institutions, in order to establish a better alternative to the Common … read more

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Cornell University’s New Tech Campus Opens in NYC

Cornell University, an Ivy League School, has a beautiful main campus high above Cayuga’s waters in the upstate New York town of Ithaca. The Cornell School of Law was founded in 1887 and is located adjacent to the main campus. … read more

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The Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

It’s almost springtime! Good news in most, but not all, respects. If you’re a high school junior, that loud noise you hear is the starting gun signaling the beginning of the long application season for the Class of 2022. And … read more

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Update on the “Public Ivy League” Universities

The term “Public Ivy” was introduced by Richard Moll, who was Yale’s Director of Admissions, in his 1985 book Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities. He used the term to refer to public institutions … read more

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Early Admissions Results for Top-Tier Schools

Admissions rates for Ivy League and many other elite schools have been in the single digits or low teens in recent years, so students applying to them search for ways to increase their chances of acceptance. One of the most … read more

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Update on the Seven Sisters Colleges

With Vassar now co-ed and Radcliffe College absorbed by Harvard, the original Seven Sisters colleges for women are now only five — Wellesley, Smith, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, and Mount Holyoke — but perhaps to keep the metaphor of the myth … read more

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The 2017 Ivy League Basketball Tournament

March Madness, the euphemism that has taken hold to describe the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments in March of each year, is one of the most popular sporting events in America. Millions of people focus their attention on college … read more

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The Humanities Develop Leaders – Not Specialists

In a recent post, we described Columbia University’s Core Curriculum, a set of mandatory classes that forms the foundation of the academic experience of every Columbia undergraduate. It’s considered essential to the education of students regardless of their major. … read more

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Columbia University’s Core Curriculum

On Columbia University’s New York campus, an imposing statue of Alexander Hamilton stands at the entryway to Hamilton Hall, which houses the University’s main offices. This is fitting, because Hamilton is the school’s most revered alumnus.

A scholar, polymath, and … read more

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Yale’s New Essay Topics

Most elite colleges and universities require supplemental essays in addition to the essays that are part of the Common App or the application of the Coalition for Access and Affordability. A school’s essay topics may change from time to time … read more