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From COVID-19’s impact on higher education to our groundbreaking research on how top colleges and universities make admissions decisions, the media regularly call on Spark Admissions for the expert’s perspective on college admissions news and trends.

Is It Time to Seriously Consider an Online School for Your Child?

July 21, 2020 | Dr. Rachel Rubin comments on the shifting role of online schools in the college admissions process in light of the transition to virtual learning due to COVID-19.

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Is Anyone Keeping an Eye on College Counselors?

August 27, 2019 | Dr. Rachel Rubin weighs in on ethical standards and best practices for families working with a college admissions advisor.

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Lawsuit Alleging Bias Pulls Back the Curtain on Harvard Admissions

July 9, 2018 | Dr. Rachel Rubin comments on the role of “dean’s lists” or “development lists” at selective colleges and universities including Harvard.

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Harvard’s Decision to Rescind Admissions Over Social Media Violates Free Speech, Professor Says

June 21, 2017 | Rachel Blankstein offers insight into the factors at play in Harvard’s decision to rescind offers to incoming freshmen on the basis of their social media activity.

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For Most Students, College Is Just a Laundry Load from Home

December 15, 2015 | Dr. Rachel Rubin adds context to new data that shows most college-bound Massachusetts students choose four-year schools within a few hours of home.

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Boost an MCAT Score With the Right Test Prep Coach

September 17, 2015 | Rachel Blankstein provides expert perspective on selecting and working with tutors to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test.

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High School Student Goes 8 for 8 in Ivy League College Admissions

April 2, 2014 | Dr. Rachel Rubin comments on the rarity of a high school senior’s feat of gaining acceptance to all eight Ivy League schools.

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Hong Kong in Hot Pursuit of Ivy League Education

December 3, 2012 | CNN examines the role college admissions consultants play in helping international students navigate the unfamiliar terrain of the U.S. college application process.

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Chinese Flock to Elite U.S. Schools

November 26, 2012 | Rachel Rubin comments on international admissions trends and the growing popularity of U.S. colleges among students from mainland China.

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How Colleges Really Make Admissions Decisions

April 12, 2012 | A new study from Rachel Rubin found that when it comes to selecting an incoming freshman class, some schools are much more holistic than others.

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Just as We Thought: “Holistic” = Hokum

April 9, 2012 | Rachel Rubin’s groundbreaking study examines how the nation’s 75 most selective colleges and universities make admissions decisions.

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New Research on How Elite Colleges Make Admissions Decisions

April 10, 2012 | A new survey of admissions officials at the 75 most competitive colleges and universities finds distinct patterns that differentiate some holistic colleges from others.

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Elite-College Admissions, Here and Across the Pond

April 9, 2012 | Christopher Shea breaks down recent research—including a new study by Rachel Rubin—on how elite colleges in the U.S. and Europe make admissions decisions.

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How They Really Get In

April 9, 2012 | A study of competitive colleges finds admissions policies look different at different colleges—and some kinds of applicants may compete only against each other.

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