We have been asked over and over, "Which is the best school or schools in New York City?" After 20 years collectively as educators and admissions experts, we can confidently say the best school in NYC is the one that best fits your child.
This is the generation, after all, that grew up with attachment parenting and Baby Einstein videos. They grew up playing soccer on teams where everyone was captain and watching music videos in which every girl with a gorgeous voice looked like a model as well.
The best institutional enrollment leaders are devoid of agenda and unwilling to play petty internal politics. They do not establish the University's agenda; they understand that enrollment supports it.
If I had been an upper middle-class, able-bodied, U.S. born white girl with heterosexual parents, perhaps I would not dread going to my classes that are filled with bullies and racial microaggressions, and I would be able to fully concentrate on my studies.
Even though she's heard the speech, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I didn't say it yet again. I cringe as the words come out of my mouth, knowing what's coming, "Mom, you don't have to tell me this. I'm not stupid." But, I say it anyway.
College student choice is even more complicated for African American students, who often feel conflicted due to the impact that their choice has on others -- those in black communities and in their own families.