Khan Academy interviewed college admission officers from a Stanford, Yale, UVA, Brown, Dartmouth, and Georgetown. The topic was the college essay. The result is a YouTube video that offers insider opinions about how to write a strong application essay.
Khan Academy interviewed college admission officers from a bunch of schools, including Stanford, Yale, UVA, Brown, Dartmouth, and Georgetown. The topic was the college essay. The result is an excellent YouTube video with insights about what NOT to do when writing your application essay.
The admission blog at NYU has an article about the workings of the admissions committee as it works through a pile of 63,000 applications. The piece does not reveal secrets that an applicant might use to his or her advantage. It does, however, offer some insights to the process. The first reader of each application considers your grades, the rigor of your curriculum, extra-curricular involvement, fit for NYU, quality of your essays, and what your teachers/counselor had to sa
Frank Bruni affirms his role as an advocate for sanity in the college admissions process. He does so with a hilarious column in the New York Times. Spoiler alert: the piece is pure satire. To target colleges' race to be the most selective in the land, he writes that Stanford had received record numbers of applicant and that its acceptance rate had dropped to zero. "With no one admitted to the class of 2020, Stanford is assured that no other school can match its desirability i
An article in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog likens college admissions to The Hunger Games. @ValerieStrauss provides a brief introduction before handing over the reins to Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, a private school in Manchester, N.H. Barnard begins his piece with this poignant passage: "With sinking admission rates, high-stakes testing, rising tuition costs, unmanageable debt and anunhealthy fixation on the handful of m
The single best description of the college admissions process can be found on Forbes.com. it comes in the form of a video of an interview with Christoph Guttentag, who is the Dean of Admissions at Duke University. Guttentag is interviewed by Troy Onink, the CEO of Stratagee, a college planning consulting firm that helps parents determine their best strategy to pay for college. Onink looks to get inside the mind of the admissions officer in order to provide a clearer understan
There is no shortage of advice for high school students already looking down the road at college. Fresh takes are few and far between. Leave it to the New York Times to provide a new angle, which comes in the form of an article in which college admissions officers share the advice they give their own children. Quotations from admissions officers comprise most of the story. The upshot is summarized near the top of the piece: "These admissions officers tell their own children t