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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

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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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The University of Chicago Spurs the Test-Optional Movement

The University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require ACT or SAT scores from U.S. students, a signal toIvy League and other top-tier institutions that a traditional admissions practice is now waning. Chicago is the first elite American … 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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Princeton Asks — “What’s Your Service Focus?”

“What’s your service focus?” is the question to be answered by Princeton students participating in a new program intended to combine service and learning early in their University experience. The Service Focus Program will bring undergraduates together to explore the … read more

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Rankings of Best Undergraduate Business Schools

Many people associate the term “B-School” with Masters of Business Administration programs, especially those at the more prestigious universities. Needless to say, it’s the qualitative difference between undergraduate B-Schools that’s of more immediate importance to high school seniors planning to … read more

The Relevance of Mission to Admissions Decisions

A student’s academic record will always be the most important qualifier for admission to an elite institution. But applicants aren’t accepted solely because they have excellent academic records because more students have these qualifications than can be admitted. Therefore, attention … read more

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Sports Are a Tough Admissions Hook for Elite Schools

From pre-school through high school, you’re encouraged to play team sports, and for good reason: exercise is healthy; team interaction improves a student’s social skills; teamwork teaches group dynamics, and so on. When you reach high school, another benefit is … read more