Category Archives: College

MIT Splash Stats

Source: MIT Admissions blog, Nov 2013 Splash stats: 2670 High School students 517 teachers* 701 classes, 956 sessions** 1330 hours of classes Advertisements

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Harvard Median Grade: A-

Source: Washington Post, Dec 2013 The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, has reported that the median grade at Harvard College is now an A- and students most frequently get A’s. At Harvard, concerns about grade inflation are nothing new. In 2001, Harvard data showed that 49 percent of undergraduate grades were A’s in 2001, up from 23 …

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Analysis of Harvard Class of 2017

Source: Harvard Crimson, 2013

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Stanford Admissions Process

Source: Stanford Magazine, Nov 2013 The Stanford admissions office is no longer a small group of officers discussing each applicant. In the last academic year, the University employed a staff of 52—dean, assistant deans, admissions officers and part-time readers—to cull through all those applications, each of which includes several essays, recommendations and a transcript. That …

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Admissions Essays Humour

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Research Driven Education Trends

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 BRAIN-BASED TEACHING Many educators are using researchers’ insights into how children best learn to inform their teaching practices. Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s research on encouraging children to develop a growth-mindset continues to grow in popularity, as educators try to praise effort, not outcomes. Dweck writes that if children believe their abilities are …

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Average of 476 high-schoolers to a college counselor

Source: TechCrunch, Sep 2013 As Admitted.ly CEO and founder Jess Brondo pointed out, the average ratio of high schoolers to college counselors is 476 to 1. And that’s only among the 27% of high schools that have a dedicated college advisor.

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Uncollege: The Gap Year Program

Source:  EdSurge, Sep 2013 Stephens is coalescing this goal into an official fellowship program, the Gap Year Program, to help other motivated dropouts to embark on their own self-learning journey. A big part of the program is to instill confidence and street smarts in students who may be daunted by the task of taking complete ownership …

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College Admissions

Source: NY Post, Aug 2013 Though I worked for 15 years as an independent college-applications counselor all over the United States and Europe — with students whose parents thought nothing of flying me in every weekend to try to make Harvard say yes — nowhere was the college-admissions race more competitive than in New York …

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More to Life than AP Exams

Source: Inside Higher Ed, Feb 2012 What we ask about on our application also sends a message as to what we care about. In the very first essay question on our application we ask students what they do for fun. And we remind students that this is not a trick question. … while it is …

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