Issues

Issue 71: The 60-30-10 admission rule, explained by West Point admissions officer

Issue 71: The 60-30-10 admission rule, explained by West Point admissions officer

“If I can break down how we assess our application, it’s going to be the 60-30-10 rule.” Admissions officer, Tuan Le, tells SocratesPost the inner workings of how to get into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point – one of the toughest universities in the world. Get your physical fitness and Congressional support ready — especially if you want to be in special ops or military intelligence.

Issue 70: A message to stressed parents, from an ex-Ivy admissions reader

Issue 70: A message to stressed parents, from an ex-Ivy admissions reader

A college admissions pro whose experience spans from sea to shining sea: Columbia, Berkeley, BU, Michigan State, Northeastern, to Touro today. We cover Elvin Freytes’ biggest pet peeves and honest opinions on how parents should handle the college app process. Plus, he dispels some of the most misleading college admissions myths out there.

Issue 69: Why a former Ivy League admissions reader believes student loans are worth it

Issue 69: Why a former Ivy League admissions reader believes student loans are worth it

Elvin Freytes has worked in student affairs, recruitment, and admissions at Northeastern, Boston U, Columbia, Berkeley, Michigan State, and now Touro Graduate School of Education. In this week’s interview, we discuss most impressive applications, why student loans are worth it, most memorable essays, roadblocks for international students, and how to approach writing applications with congruence.

Issue 67: Strategies behind 4+ Ivy League acceptances

Issue 67: Strategies behind 4+ Ivy League acceptances

The Mays helped their kids get into schools like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, UPenn, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Berkeley — all without hiring outside consultants. How did they keep their kids healthy and motivated? How did their guidance differ between their son and daughter, a NASA intern? How did they create a college list and advise on getting rec letters? What surprised them during the college app process?