Columbia University Curriculum

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

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The Test-Optional Trend and Top-Tier Colleges

IvySelect has become a successful college admissions consultancy by guiding students to gain admission to Ivy League and other top-tier institutions. At the start of each engagement with a new student, we learn about them and collaborate in developing a … read more

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BS/MD Combined Programs

If you aspire to attend an elite university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree and then continue your education in medical school to obtain an MD degree, then a combined BS/MD program may be right for you. These programs also referred … read more

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Brown University’s Engaged Scholar Program

The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) at Brown University is a major initiative that combines student coursework with out-of-class learning experiences such as community service and research projects. The purpose of the ESP is to integrate the education of students across … read more

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Yale’s Multidisciplinary Academic Programs

A few weeks ago, we described the interdisciplinary programs for which the University of Pennsylvania has long been highly regarded. One of Penn’s fellow Ivy League institutions, Yale University, offers a set of interdisciplinary academic programs with the same mission … read more

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The Problem With College Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has dominated the field of college rankings for decades. Initially a weekly news magazine, U.S. News ceased distribution of its print magazine in 2010 and now is an online-only publisher with the exception of their … read more

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The University of Pennsylvania’s Interdisciplinary Programs

The University of Pennsylvania, one of the eight Ivy League schools, was established according to the belief of its founder, Benjamin Franklin, that students needed a practical education for business, public service, and trade at least as much as they … read more

Supreme Court: Affirmative Action Remains a Factor in Admissions

In several recent posts, we’ve noted that the difference between being granted or denied admission by a top-tier institution is often a subtle distinction, which may be based on “soft factors.” Soft factors include not only those nonacademic parts of … read more

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Changes to the 2016-2017 Common Application

The college application, and the extent to which you are able to present yourself in the best possible light, is the medium through which you will succeed or fail in achieving your educational goals. You should stay apprised of changes … read more