Harvard and Princeton Reverse Course, Reinstate Early Admission Programs

February 24, 2011

In 2006, Harvard and Princeton made a splash by announcing that they would end their respective early admission programs to even the playing field between wealthier applicants (who tended to apply early) and those who needed financial aid (more low income and minority) that tended to apply in the regular decision pool. Since nobody else – except Virginia – jumped on the bandwagon, both schools announced that they are reinstating early admission programs. Virginia made a similar announcement last year. So, where did the venerable Ivies go wrong? The lack of an early admission program at Harvard and Princeton resulted in a deluge of early applications at the other Ivy League schools, and more applications in the regular pool as high school seniors tried to hedge their bets. Further, the elimination of early admission programs did not result in attracting more low income and minority applicants to Harvard or Princeton, which was the point. Ironically, in announcing the reversal, Harvard cited trends that low income and minority students were choosing programs with early action and early decision programs, and bypassing Harvard. Both schools will offer single-choice early action programs, similar to those at Yale and Stanford, where students can apply early to only one school. Princeton’s dean of admission called the new plan a "win-win" for students. I guess we will find out. Stay tuned!

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


Did You Know?

Imagine only sending your best SAT scores to colleges and deleting the rest. Well, you can! Since March 2009 the College Board has offered Score Choice. You can choose one SAT sitting to send to colleges, and hide the rest. This also applies to SAT II Subject tests. Needless to say, college admissions officers have mixed feelings about the program. Some agree that it will take some pressure off high school students, while others will still demand that applicants submit all of their SAT or ACT scores.  To read more click here.



Way Back When College Was a Buyer’s Market

March 31, 2011

Oh to be interested in attending Harvard University in the late 1860s. Harvard and other schools like Vassar and Columbia actually advertised for students in newspapers, and any required frehman entrance exams could be taken on the weekend prior to the start of classes. How… Read More>>

Ni Hao! – NYU to open Shanghai campus

March 27, 2011

New York University announced plans to establish a degree-granting campus in Shanghai. NYU's president was expected to sign an agreement on March 28 with Chinese officials to seal the deal. This move signals a continuing trend for American universities. NYU already has a degree-granting campus… Read More>>



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