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The Secret to One of the Toughest Supplemental College Application Essays

Elizabeth Dankoski | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Elizabeth Dankoski

Seniors, is this you right now? You sit down to work on the Why Do You Want to Go Here questions for your college application essays, and they all come out a little too perky and vanilla.

Challenging the Value of Prestigious Universities

Kevin Price | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Kevin Price

One of the benefits of being a radio talk show host and a bibliophile, is the many books I get every month in my mail box. I receive so many, and they compete for my attention with those I actually purchase. I open the packages for all the books, and I am sure I look like a kid at Christmas.

Does the Ivy League Breed Excellent Sheep?

Jason Choi | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Jason Choi

Ambitious Millennials love to dream. The dreams may be ambitious, they may be big and they may even be lucrative, but there is no saying that they cannot be all at once - in other words, be quite excellent.

Asian Americans Deserve Better in Ivy League Admissions

Bev Taylor | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Bev Taylor

Two weeks ago, more than 60 Asian American organizations filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education, a complaint that alleges that Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants in their holistic admissions process.

Going to an Ivy Doesn't Suck: A Response to Zach Schwartz

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Theodore Caputi

Mr. Schwartz's article made going to an Ivy seem like an empty dream - maybe even a hoax. Honestly, after two years, I wouldn't trade my time at Penn for the world. If you have the opportunity to go, I strongly recommend it.

This Teen Lost Everything To Sandy. Now, She's Celebrating Seven Ivy Admissions.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.21.2015 | Teen

Hurricane Sandy took everything from the Rose family -- except their determination to succeed. Daria Rose applied to every Ivy League school except Co...

Ivy League Angst

Jon Erickson | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Jon Erickson

Much attention and angst has been placed on the importance of getting into a top school. Such a lofty goal, however, is not necessary for future success. Any quality school will do if you make the best of it. What's the magic bullet? Simply preparing well and working hard.

Why the Ivy League Needs the Hult Prize ​

Schuyler Arakawa | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Schuyler Arakawa

As I near graduation, I've noticed my peers and I suddenly have a checklist of criteria our first job has to fit. It must be financially successful, intellectually stimulating, something we are "passionate" about, and a benefit to society.

How to Deal With College Application Rejection

Courtland Thomas | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Courtland Thomas

Rejection from any college sucks. However, it's important to understand that there is a world outside college admissions, and life is actually okay with a rejection letter from anywhere between one and infinite schools. Here's my breakdown on how to best equip yourself this week.

An Apology and Clarification

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Suicide is a tragic situation, especially when it involves a young person. There are many causes and it is impossible to know exactly what caused it. ...

How One Woman's Resilience Affected An Entire Community

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Within two months of Dr. Judith Rodin arriving at the University of Pennsylvania as the college's president, she was faced with the aftermath of a mur...

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Aaron Zelinsky

Many have identified the weaknesses in Deresiewicz's jeremiad. In his forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions, David Lat, founder of the legal blog Above the Law, takes a different approach. What happens, he asks, to all those excellent sheep after graduation? His answer won't surprise many: The sheep get herded to law school.

Black University Student Leaders Push New Effort For Racial Equality

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

The explosive wave of reactions to the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri hasn’t lost its momentum just yet. Blac...

Ellen Gives $$$ To Ivy League Bound Teen

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices

In a time when college tuition can cost you an arm and a leg, one teen knows for sure that he can afford the Ivy League university of his choosing. ...

6 Reasons I'm REALLY Happy I Didn't Get Into An Ivy League

Tatiana Lanteigne | Posted 06.26.2014 | Teen
Tatiana Lanteigne

Although Ivies can get you great connections and opportunities, college does not define a person.

These Reddit Users Can't Understand How A Black Student Got Into 8 Ivy League Schools

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices

Earlier this week the Internet met Kwasi Enin, a student who got accepted into all eight Ivy League universities. It’s an impressive feat for any st...

This Teen Is The Person You Wish You Were In High School

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 may not be a neighborhood known for its affluence. But five of America’s most prestigious universities are fighting for o...

The Quest To Find Yale's First Black Graduate Gets More Complicated

The New York Times | Posted 03.17.2014 | Black Voices

For Richard Henry Green, recently declared to have been Yale College’s first known African-American graduate, fame, or at least the certainty of his...

Do Students At Good Universities Have Better Sex?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Kane | Posted 02.18.2014 | College

Are Ivy League "nerds" having better sex than the rest of the country? "I would argue that if you were the nerd and had a little bit less confidenc...

Bursting From the Pressure

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Jennie Shulkin

Maybe a culture that values over-achievement and pushing oneself to the limits is responsible for the high levels of stress, mental illness, and even suicide evident within highly competitive college communities.

What I'd Like To Tell 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

All the drills, punishments, screaming, fighting, and so on cannot make someone feel passionate about something.

Ivy League Quitters: The Costs of Being an Ivy Athlete

Jennie Shulkin | Posted 03.07.2014 | College
Jennie Shulkin

The abnormality of the varsity athlete's college experience begins even before he or she moves into the freshman dorms. Sadly, I speak from experience.

2013: In the Shadow of Slavery

William H. Turner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

Many would say that we burden ourselves too much when we dredge up such dread and terror; but, without memory, a collective memory, we are less human and we are more likely to be less humane to each other.

College Grads: Go Forth With Your Future (But First Clean Out the Refrigerator)

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Bonni Brodnick

After the festivities of the celebration I looked forward to helping my daughter pack up her room in the house she had lived in with four other women during their senior year at college. "I'll help clean up," I said. "It's practically finished anyway," said the new graduate. Famous last four words.

Social Class and the College Choices of High School Valedictorians

Lisa Wade | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Lisa Wade

For the parents out there, it's a good idea to push past our own comfort zones when thinking about what might be possible for our kids.