Tagcollege admissions

Unskilled and entitled students will “eat you alive”

Students who can’t get into elite schools through the front door based on academic merit don’t change once they’re in class. They can’t do the work, and are generally uninterested in gaining the skills they need in order to do well. Exhibit A from the recent admissions corruption scandal is “social media celebrity” Olivia Jade Gianulli, whose parents bought her a place at the University of...

College counselors: look less Asian to get into college

Brian Taylor is director of Ivy Coach, a Manhattan company that advises families on how to get their students into elite colleges. A number of his clients are Asian American, and Taylor is frank about his strategy for them. “While it is controversial, this is what we do,’’ he says. “We will make them appear less Asian when they apply.” […] “The admissions officers are seeing a bunch of...

“The new Jews of Harvard”

The title of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal: In practice, however, there is strong evidence that racial balance is the highest priority at schools like Harvard, and holistic admissions are used to obscure the racial bean-counting necessary to obtain the desired racial mix. At the California Institute of Technology, a selective private college that uses color-blind admissions, Asian...

How to get into an Ivy League College guaranteed

Former hedge fund analyst uses data on student admissions to craft contracts guaranteeing admission into certain types of schools, proving yet once again that quants rule the world. Note the somewhat hysterical comments by admissions personnel, who refuse to admit that he can find generalities in his data about their behavior.

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