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How the Harvard Case Affects College Admissions

November 14, 2018
Written by Taylor

Harvard’s recent 2018 college admissions lawsuit unearths several common trends not widely disseminated outside of higher education circles before now.

It's Getting More Competitive, Again

February 15, 2018
Written by Taylor

Several top colleges and universities have recently revealed noteworthy leaps in the number of applications from last year (college class of 2021) to this year (college class of 2022).

2017 College Admissions: What’s Been on the Minds of Admissions Directors

January 20, 2017
Written by Taylor

At this point in the year, high school seniors have been receiving acceptances, rejections, or deferrals from their Early Decision schools, and they’re eagerly awaiting word on the applications they submitted for January deadlines. As we start to see the results of the 2016-17 college admissions cycle and consider what it might mean for students applying 2017-18, it’s worth looking back to see what admissions directors at colleges nationwide had on their minds this year.

Supreme Court to Address Affirmative Action in Fisher v. University of Texas

December 10, 2015
Written by Taylor

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for the second time in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could have widespread repercussions for race-based admissions policies at U.S. colleges and universities. The circumstances behind the case revolve around Abigail Fisher's 2008 rejection by The University of Texas-Austin (UT), a determination that Ms. Fisher claims was reached only because she is Caucasian. This post examines potential outcomes of the case and what impact the Court's decision could have on college admissions in the future.

Admissions Rate Changes at Yale, Stanford, and Princeton Since 1980

October 20, 2015
Written by Taylor

Acceptance rates to America’s top colleges have experienced a steady decline over the last several years, as illustrated in the chart below.  As application numbers have skyrocketed and the admissions process has focused increasingly on factors beyond classroom performance and standardized test scores, entry into these colleges and universities is now far more challenging than it was even a decade ago, let alone fifteen or twenty years before.