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2021 Top Admits: Justin Dominic, Yale Class of ’25

"I'm that social nerd who definitely is good with tech and computers, but also is fun and likes to play games," says  Justin Dominic, one of 837 admits to Yale University's Class of '25 EA. When the LA-area senior isn't hanging out with his buddies and getting straight As, he leads a Science Olympiad and robotics team and manages digital publishing for his school newspaper.

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2021 Top Admits: Navpreet Singh, MIT Class of ’25

“I didn’t read any sample essays until I wrote down a couple of my own essays. I didn’t want to get into a mindset of: ‘an essay is supposed to look like this.'” says Navpreet Singh, one of the 4.8% of applicants admitted early to MIT’s Class of 2025.

Carleton admissions rep: We don’t notice absent test scores

“We didn’t even notice if your test scores weren’t there. It’s not even something that I’ll notice, and I won’t take it into account,” says Alex Cardenas, a Carleton College admissions officer. Fun facts: Carleton has a 16:1 student to teacher ratio. Students are invited, per tradition, to send each other flowers every Friday.

An insider look at college admissions at Carleton College

“If there are two students who have very similar applications, but just one thing that differentiates them, we might choose the one from an area or a background that we don’t have yet,” says Carleton College admissions officer Alex Cardenas. Just outside of Minneapolis, Carleton is the most selective college in Minn., accepting 19% of apps in 2020.

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FAFSA to eliminate questions and remove EFC

  • The new FAFSA is going to make your life easier. What are the changes?
  • This popular state’s public colleges won’t be increasing tuition in 2021. Which one?
  • Applications to MIT jumped to a record high of 62% from last year. How many got in?

2021: Start community college online, then transfer to a UC/CSU

  • Future doctors, this medical school’s app count just jumped 47%. Where?
  • Start with online community colleges. You might even end up with a Berkeley degree. How?
  • Now available: $300k worth of scholarships from your utilities company. Do you qualify?

While ED/EA results come out, these colleges cut tuition

  • Harvard, Yale, and Duke received record apps for ED/EA. The decision is out. Who’s in?
  • It’s not all bad news. These top colleges just dropped tuition for new students. Which ones?
  • Which under-the-radar colleges received nearly $800 million in donations, the largest gift in the history of some of these schools?

College students can now study the cannabis trade

  • Want to make the big bucks? This college is teaching kids how to sell pot. Which one?
  • 2020 sucks but 2021 doesn't look any better. Which colleges have cancelled 2021 spring break?
  • FAFSA apps have declined almost 17% in this state. Where is it?
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