From Top College Prep Schools to the Ivy League

In a recent year, the majority of Harvard freshmen were graduates of public high schools and only 5% were graduates of elite prep schools. Five percent may not seem like much, but students at the top prep schools represent only read more

The Elite Universities That Offer the Best Engineering Programs

If you’re a high school student with the right aptitudes and interests, you’ll want to consider engineering as a college major. A degree in engineering from a top-tier institution is an excellent way to set the foundation for a financially read more

Schedule Interviews as Part of Your College Visits

In a recent post, we at IvySelect advised rising seniors who aspire to attend a top-tier college to visit as many schools as possible before senior year begins. In this post, we review the benefits of scheduling interviews during these read more

Seniors: What You Need to Know About Application Essays

Nothing causes more anxiety among applicants to top-tier colleges than the prospect of writing essays. Anxiety may arise from doubts about being up to the task as a writer, especially if you’re a prospective STEM major, or you may be read more

Plan a Summer that Advances Your College Goals

If you’re a second-semester high school junior, what seemed so distant a couple of years ago will soon be upon you — you’ll be fully engaged in the college application process. You may already have accomplished much of what’s required read more

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How to Deal With a Waitlist Decision

Waiting for something that you wish for intensely and then being disappointed is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the human condition. Why, then, set yourself up for pain by accepting a top-tier college’s offer to be waitlisted, knowing … read more

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2019 Admission Rates at Top-Tier Institutions

Colleges and universities have been releasing results for their regular decision admissions round since mid-March, and it’s clearly been another in a series of increasingly competitive years for applicants at most top-tier institutions. Admission rates are at historic lows at … read more

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Integrity in College Admissions Consulting

The banality of the late-breaking college admissions scandal and the assorted bad actors that participated in it is revealed in the court affidavit. One applicant was touted as being 6’2” and a star on his high school basketball team, when … read more

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The USC School of Cinematic Arts

It’s 1929 Los Angeles and you’re on the board of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. You want to create an excellent school to support the region’s vital new industry. The host university school will be among the … read more

Don’t Rely Too Much on Student Evaluations

A satirical piece in The Onion, “Professor Deeply Hurt by Student’s Evaluation”, tells a humorous story about a student evaluation. The gist of the joke is that a distinguished, well-published, tenured professor of international renown and “knowledge of 21 modern … read more