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“Being able to see something on the resume that has actually evolved over time and helped the person into a better individual as opposed to having 10 to 15 on their resume, I think that the former is way more valuable than the other.”

— Jerilyn, Harvard admissions interviewer  

“…only keep one set of eyes on your personal statement, whether it’s Northwestern or anyone else.”

— Justin, Northwestern admissions director  

“There are still students now who think that they could get a spot off the waiting list, even though it’s like beyond statistically unlikely.”

— Deborah, Carnegie Mellon admissions director  

“I read her essay and I told her, ‘Your essay is horrible. You have about a paragraph and you’re not saying why you’re interested in University of Michigan.'”

— Bryan, UMich admissions director  

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Meet Soubhagya, An NYU Admitted Student from India

NYU accepted only 12.8% of applicants in 2021. Getting into NYU is hard enough for domestic students as is. When a student is applying from abroad as an international student, it's even harder. How did Soubhagya do it with no third-party help, no consultants, and no college counselors with knowledge of U.S. college admissions? Keep reading to find out.

Dear Socrates, Feature


What do colleges look for? A trick to figuring it out.

What do colleges care about? What do they want to see in our students' applications? Usually, people say, "it depends." But that's not helpful to applicants like our students. What does it depend on? In this week's case study, let's investigate University of Washington in Seattle and Washington University in St. Louis. While both institutions have "Washington" in their names, their priorities in admissions are very different. Read on for details.

The Skinny

Tuition Relief Programs Rising Among US Universities

  • A university in Michigan goes tuition-free. Which one?
  • An Ivy League university pursues need-blind admissions even for international students. Which one?
  • This program will cover up to $10,000 of tuition for community service hours. What is it?

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