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 times have changed. Prospective students were expected to be able to write in both Latin and Greek, and to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of Virgil and other classics in their original language. Entrance exams covered geography, history and mathematics. The big difference between then and now is the pool of potential applicants. Most students in the late 19th century ended their education after 8th grade, so the pool of qualified applicants was very small. The competitive admissions process at the elite colleges that exists today arose only in the last few decades. Prior to that, these schools lived up to their blue blood reputation. Contrast Harvard and Columbia advertising for qualified students in the 1860s with the 70,000 applications that those colleges received in this application cycle. Quite a difference.

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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.

 

In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.

 

Did You Know?

Be careful when you mail out those college applications (for those of you not yet ready to apply online). Did you want to apply to Georgetown University in Washington, DC or Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky; Cornell University in Ithaca, NY or Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa; Seton Hall or Seton Hill - you get the picture. Every year prospective students send their applications to the wrong school. Don't get tripped up. Click Here

 

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