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China’s Gaokao Scores Help in U.S. College Admissions

For several years, a few private America universities have been accepting the scores of Chinese students in their National Higher Education Entrance Examination, also known as Gaokao for “High Exam”. They do this primarily in recognition of the extreme rigor … read more

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Class Rank Still Matters For Some

Class rank retains a role in college admissions, but one that has diminished as more and more high schools discontinue the practice of ranking seniors. The primary factor in admissions remains your high school grades, especially in Advanced Placement, International … read more

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Seven Private High Schools in DC Drop AP Classes

Man walks into his home after a hard day’s work. Sees his young son in the next room looking crestfallen.

“What’s the matter?” the father asks. The son hands him his report card.

Father looks it over and exclaims, “What? … read more

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Economics Isn’t Dismal in the Ivy League

The publication of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations in 1776 is considered the birth of economics as a distinct discipline. The book identified land, labor, and capital as the three factors of production and the major contributors to a … read more

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Do University Endowment Sizes Align with Rankings?

Have you ever wondered how the size of a college’s endowment fund might correlate with its rankings? Not likely… the answer wouldn’t affect your preferences among schools very much. But we’re conducting this exercise because it may indicate how wisely … read more

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Don’t Select Colleges Based on a Magazine’s Rankings

If you’ve been college shopping, then you know that U.S. News & World Report publishes a much-anticipated annual edition that ranks all American colleges and universities. The magazine has been compiling college rankings for years because this enables them to … read more

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3 Key Ways A College Counselor Can Help Global Students Applying To U.S. Universities

If you’re an international student applying to top American universities, you’re undoubtedly filled with questions. What are the colleges looking for from applicants? How is the admissions process different in the States than in other educational systems? What are the … read more