The Answer Sheet: ivy league

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Harvard’s unofficial early admissions process

Harvard University doesn’t have an official early admissions process, but some students still learn before everybody else whether they are being looked on with favor by the admissions folks. Meanwhile, the current early admissions seasons is the toughest ever for some schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  college admissions, college admissions process, dartmouth university, early action, early admissions, getting into ivy league, harvard admissions, harvard university, how to get into college, ivy league, ivy league admissions, university of michigan, yale university

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Ivy League students 'out' kids who don't donate to senior fund

How's this for obnoxious? Student volunteers at Dartmouth College and Cornell University, using lists given to them by school administrators, are “outing” students who have not donated to senior class gift funds.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  cornell university, dartmouth college, fund raising, ivy league, senior class, senior gifts

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Meier: White knights and false villains in education

Prominent education reformer Deborah Meier writes: "We're now entering the age when "tough love" is the plot when it comes to teachers and parents. Only it's they who we need to be tough on. It's all those smart young people who went into teaching in the late 1960s and '70s (some to avoid the draft) with their permissive spoiled-brat histories who become the villains of the new wave of school-based romances. Neither tough-love imposed by elite Ivy League grads nor the generous-love imposed by elite draft-dodgers—forgive the unfair labels—will do."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Deborah Meier, Deborah Meier, Deborah Meier | Tags:  deb meier, deborah meier, diane ravitch, ivy league, school reform, school reformers, tough love, waiting for superman

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 06/28/2010

Haitian-American teen gets into 4 Ivy League schools

A first-generation Haitian-American teenager talks about being accepted into four Ivy League schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 06/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions | Tags:  cc, getting into the ivy league, haitian american accepted into four ivy league schools, ivy league admissions, teen accepted into four ivy league schools

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/13/2010

Getting real about super-selective colleges

Bruce Vinik, a college admissions counselor, writes about why students who seem to be perfect in every way don't get into the school of their dreams.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions | Tags:  brown admissions, college admissions, columbia admissions, getting into harvard, getting into stanford, getting into the ivy league, harvard admissions, ivy league, selective colleges and applicants, who gets into harvard

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2010

Yale and Harvard at the Supreme Court

If President Obama wins confirmation for Elena Kagan, his choice for the Supreme Court, it will mean that every justice on the court went to law school at Harvard or Yale. Does this matter? Should it?

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harvard and Yale and supreme court, Ivy League and Supreme Court, Kagan and Harvard, Supreme Court justices and Harvard, Supreme Court nomination, elite and law school, justices who went to harvard