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Robert J. Massa, left, vice president for enrollment and college relations at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., talks with Seth Allen, dean of admissions. (Pat Little - For The Washington Post)

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Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews writes a weekly column for, Class Struggle, which runs on Tuesdays.

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Education reporter Jay Mathews evaluates high schools by weighing their efforts to challenge students. Charts included.
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Wealthy Often Win in Merit-Aid Race 
The competition between private colleges for accomplished students, combined with state efforts to encourage enrollment in public universities, together contribute to the rise in merit scholarships, experts say.

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Getting Into College

Better Than Famous: Post reporter Jay Mathews says not getting into a brand-name school isn't the end of the world.

Video Recap: Mathews discusses article.

College Closeups

Reinventing Trinity (The Washington Post, 4/7/02)

St. Mary's Grows Up (The Washington Post, 7/22/01)

High Hopes for Georgetown (The Washington Post, 11/5/00)

Super NOVA (The Washington Post, 11/14/99)

UDC: City College (The Washington Post, 11/14/99)

Night Moves: Back to School (The Washington Post, 4/11/99)

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