Princeton cancels Early Action option for the year

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Princeton University normally offers two options for students wishing to apply: their single-choice Early Action plan or Regular Decision. However, Princeton has recently decided to remove their Early Action option. The announcement is now listed under their “COVID-19 Updates” page, but be aware that general searches may still bring up webpages that mention or explain Princeton’s Early Action option. For … Read More

Harvard lawsuit reveals application scoring system

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While the lawsuit involving Harvard undergraduate admissions continues to unfold, news outlets are reporting some of the information that has been released so far. Harvard admissions ranks students between a 1-6 in each admissions category, including using pluses and minuses to indicate being at the upper or lower end (ranking a 4+, for example). The Harvard Crimson article cited about … Read More

Ted Talk tackles the “checkbox childhood”

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I recently came upon a thought provoking Ted Talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University. Her talk, “How to raise successful kids– without over-parenting” made me reflect on behaviors I see in undergraduate and graduate admissions, as well as my own upbringing. The video has over 2 million views at this posting, so clearly I … Read More