Standards in U.S. college admissions is a bit of an oxymoron. Colleges have their own application requirements, essays, deadlines, factors for evaluating students, institutional needs, academic offerings, and financial aid policies. It’s often difficult to find consistency and answers to frequently asked questions. Even a college website, part repository of facts and information, part marketing…

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What do Cornell University, Trinity College, Bucknell and the University of Chicago have in common, aside from being highly selective colleges?  They all consider character and personality traits among the handful of Very Important factors they assess in their admission process. The concept of character is not new to college admissions. Yet within the last…

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If ever there was a college early application round that confounded the pundits, the Early Decision and Restrictive Early Action results caught many off guard in the 2020-2021 admission cycle. Across the country, applications hit record highs at the most selective colleges, and an unprecedented number of high achieving students with strong credentials were deferred…

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