Being Asian May Count Against You When Applying to Ivy League Schools

Caltech's Asian growth rate accurately reflects the growth rate of the Asian-American population.

As college applicants eagerly await notification letters from their top-choice colleges, they may be thinking about the factors colleges will be considering when choosing to accept or reject a student. When it comes to Ivy League schools, a new factor in the decision-making process is getting lots of attention. According to this article in the New York Times, being Asian may count against you:

"Just as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary."

The California Institute of Technology, which follows a race-neutral admissions policy, has seen its enrollment of Asian-Americans grow parallel to the growth of the Asian-American population while other Ivy League schools have remained largely similar over time.


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Colleges Continue to Extend Early Admission Deadlines

Colleges continue to extend early admission deadlines in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, giving students more time to deal with the aftermath of the storm. This trend, set by Ivy League schools, has helped to relieve anxiety among students during a difficult time.

Princeton University, which both extended its deadline and made the deadline flexible, posted the following on its site: "Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Office of Admission is extending the single-choice early action deadline for all students to Nov. 7. All applications must be submitted online or postmarked by this date, unless personal or hurricane-related issues make it difficult or impossible for you to file the appropriate forms."

See this article for a full list of schools that have either changed the deadline or stated that they will be flexible with it.


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Columbia University offers Score Choice for 2012-2013 Academic Year

Columbia University has officially instituted the Score Choice policy for the 2012-2013 academic year. Score choice refers to the applicant’s decision to withhold certain SAT and ACT scores from their college application; previously, Columbia required each applicant to submit all SAT and ACT scores. Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University remain the only Ivy League schools not offering the score choice policy.

If current students still submit multiple test scores, Columbia University promises to evaluate the student based on the highest score. And Columbia now allows students to submit the ACT plus Writing instead of the SAT plus two subject tests.

Students: remember to do your research! Go directly to the college website to discover exactly what test scores and materials are needed or not needed for your application. Do not make the careless mistake of submitting mediocre SAT or ACT scores if they are not needed. The college admissions process is an organic process that changes every day – and you can stay ahead of the game if you do your research.

Click here to see the entire article.


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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2011/2012 Application Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated for the 2011/2012 application season in College Essay Organizer through August 4th. Expect this list to continue to grow each week.

  1. Albright College
  2. Alfred University
  3. Alma College
  4. American University of Rome
  5. American University of Paris
  6. Amherst College
  7. Arizona State University
  8. Baldwin-Wallace College
  9. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  10. Bates College
  11. Benedict College
  12. Berea College
  13. Berklee College of Music
  14. Berry College
  15. Bloomfield College
  16. Boise State University
  17. Boston University
  18. Bowdoin College
  19. Bowling Green State University
  20. Bradley University
  21. Brevard College
  22. Brigham Young University-Provo
  23. Brown University
  24. Bryant University
  25. California College of the Arts
  26. California State University-Bakersfield
  27. Calvin College
  28. Campbell University
  29. Carnegie Mellon University
  30. Carroll University
  31. Christendom College
  32. Christian Brothers University in TN
  33. Claremont McKenna College
  34. Clark Atlanta University
  35. Clarkson University
  36. College of the Ozarks
  37. Colorado College
  38. Colorado School of Mines
  39. Columbia University
  40. Cornell University
  41. Dartmouth College
  42. Delaware State University
  43. Duke University
  44. Duquesne University
  45. Elon University
  46. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  47. Emory and Henry College
  48. Erskine College
  49. Fairfield University
  50. Flagler College
  51. Florida Institute of Technology
  52. Florida State University
  53. Fordham University
  54. Franklin and Marshall College
  55. George Fox U
  56. Georgetown College
  57. Georgetown University
  58. Georgetown University
  59. Georgia College and State University
  60. Georgia Institue of Technology
  61. Georgia Southern University
  62. Gordon College
  63. Grinnell College
  64. Guilford College
  65. Hampton University
  66. Hanover College
  67. Harvard College
  68. Hastings College
  69. High Point University
  70. Hood College
  71. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  72. Iowa State University
  73. Kansas State University
  74. Kenyon College
  75. Lees-McRae College
  76. Lehigh University
  77. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  78. Longwood University
  79. Louisiana State University
  80. Louisiana Tech University
  81. Lynchburg College
  82. Lyon College
  83. Macaulay Honors
  84. Marshall University
  85. McDaniel College
  86. Middlebury College
  87. Mills College
  88. Mississippi College
  89. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  90. Morgan State University
  91. Murray State University
  92. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  93. New England College
  94. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  95. Norfolk State University
  96. Northwestern University
  97. Nova Southeastern University
  98. Ohio State University-Columbus
  99. Oklahoma State University
  100. Otterbein University
  101. Pacific Union College
  102. Paul Smith's College
  103. Pepperdine University
  104. Pitzer College
  105. Pomona College
  106. Post University
  107. Princeton University
  108. Principia College
  109. Ripon College
  110. Roanoke College
  111. Sacred Heart University
  112. Saint Joseph's University
  113. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  114. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  115. Saint Michael's College
  116. Sarah Lawrence College
  117. South Dakota State University
  118. Southwestern University
  119. Spelman College
  120. Springfield College
  121. St. Edward's University
  122. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  123. Stanford University
  124. Stephens College
  125. Sterling College
  126. Stevens Institute of Technology
  127. Swarthmore College
  128. Syracuse University
  129. Touro College
  130. Truman State University
  131. Tufts University
  132. Tusculum College
  133. Tuskegee University
  134. United States Air Force Academy
  135. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  136. University of Arizona
  137. University of California-Berkeley
  138. University of California-Davis
  139. University of California-Irvine
  140. University of California-Los Angeles
  141. University of California-Riverside
  142. University of California-San Diego
  143. University of California-Santa Barbara
  144. University of California-Santa Cruz
  145. University of Central Florida
  146. University of Chicago
  147. University of Cincinnati
  148. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  149. University of Colorado-Boulder
  150. University of Dayton
  151. University of Denver
  152. University of Florida
  153. University of Georgia
  154. University of Idaho
  155. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  156. University of Iowa
  157. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  158. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  159. University of Minnesota-Morris
  160. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  161. University of Mississippi
  162. University of Missouri-Columbia
  163. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  164. University of Montana
  165. University of Montevallo
  166. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  167. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  168. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  169. University of North Dakota
  170. University of Notre Dame
  171. University of Oklahoma
  172. University of Pittsburgh
  173. University of Richmond
  174. University of San Diego
  175. University of South Dakota
  176. University of St. Thomas
  177. University of Tampa
  178. University of Texas-El Paso
  179. University of Virginia
  180. University of Washington-Seattle
  181. University of Wyoming
  182. Utah State University
  183. Valdosta State University
  184. Valparaiso University
  185. Vanderbilt University
  186. Wake Forest University
  187. Washington and Jefferson College
  188. Washington and Lee University
  189. Webb Institute
  190. Western Michigan University
  191. Wheaton College (IL)
  192. Wilkes University
  193. Wofford College
Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2011/2012 Application Season

University of Pennsylvania Sends Out More ‘Likely’ Letters This Year

Colleges wanna know.

As students wait to hear from colleges, many of which notify students in early April, a lucky few will receive ‘likely’ letters. A ‘likely’ letter issued by Ivy League schools toward the end of February/early March lets students know that they have been admitted. A practice that began as a way to curry favor with coveted applicants, it is now becoming increasingly more common.

According to this article in the New York Times, University of Pennsylvania sent out many more ‘likely’ letters than in previous years. Other colleges are also following the trend, creating their own versions of these letters, often with an invitation to a campus event geared toward accepted students.

Whether you receive an early indication of admission or not, don’t be alarmed. It can be a random decision, based on the timing that your application is read, and it in no way indicates that you have not been admitted. Pretty soon all the decisions will be in, and we will all breathe a sigh of relief just to know that it’s over and the next phases of student life have begun.

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