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Rochester admissions dean: Don’t worry about the ‘right’ answer

"Some candidates worry so much about the 'right answer' to an interview question or an essay question when, in reality, telling us something because you think it will be viewed favorably is often identified as disingenuous," says the assistant dean of admissions at the University of Rochester, Rebekah Lewin. This week, the Simon Business School dean discusses the most and least impressive candidates, how Covid-impacted applicants will be evaluated, and the surprising responsibilities of Rebekah's role as admissions dean.

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Changes to Harvard MBA admissions

  • Not trending: Test scores. Here's the latest top college joining 300+ other schools going test optional for 20-21.
  • Applying for a Harvard MBA? Don't miss this important change in the admissions process.
  • There's plenty of financial aid for this group of eligible students. Why aren't they getting help?

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It’s not about standing out, says law admissions dean

“It’s not about you standing out from others, necessarily. It’s about you telling us about yourself, and then we will decide how you fit in with the rest of the class,” says the assistant dean of admissions at Lewis & Clark Law School, Mimi Huang. We dig into the inner workings of the various admissions committees, the trap of trying to stand out, the power of little-known stories on personal statements, and the verdict on using private admissions consultants.

Lewis & Clark admissions dean: Insider tips on interviews, fight files, and Covid

“Engagement, how they express themselves, their point of view…It’s really about the impression you leave us with,” says Mimi Huang, the assistant dean of admissions at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. This week, Mimi divulges how the admissions team selects candidates, how disagreements on admissibility, a.k.a “fight files,” are handled, the do’s and don’ts of the admissions interview, and Covid’s effect on law school admissions.

Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of: She sails the oceans fixing machinery

“It’s either noon or midnight that I’m waking up. It’s very tight quarters. Halfway through your day, you might see whales or dolphins out there. You’re out on the ocean, so it’s a good job,” says 28-year-old Kristin Beem, who sails the world’s oceans, helping equip scientists at sea fix and set up heavy machinery. A marine biology major, Kristin shares her zigzag path to a coveted STEM job, overcoming a low GPA, and tips on getting your foot in the door.

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Tips from college students: How to learn online

  • Reports from recent ACT and MCAT exam takers show a dangerous side of test centers. What is it?
  • Colleges are attempting to crack down on off-campus students violating Covid safety rules. How?
  • Two college students gave advice on how to succeed learning online. What are the big highlights?

The benefits of class rankings

  • Kenyon College just announced its fall semester reopening plans. What’s the outlook?
  • Flip flop: The U.S. gov. reversed its decision to withhold foreign student visas. What happened?
  • A new study shows that class rankings as early as third grade can predict academic success. How?

USC and Stanford explain legacy admissions

  • Foreign students in the U.S. face a huge obstacle this fall. What will bar them from getting student visas?
  • This university received 11% more apps than last year, the highest on record. Which one?
  • California law asks universities in the state to disclose legacy admissions details. What are the highlights?

What really matters for college during a pandemic

  • This Ivy League school believes students will be safer taking classes in-person than online. Which one?
  • Accepted to Dartmouth? Incoming freshman will now be able to benefit from this new flexible policy. What is it?
  • Over 300 admissions deans clarify how they’ll evaluate future applicants with Covid in mind. How?
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