Preparing for College

Admission Highlights 2011

By most accounts, this has been a tumultuous year for college admissions, especially at the highest levels. I've written in past posts about the exceedingly competitive applicant pools and crushingly low acceptance rates of the Ivy League and other so-called "elite" colleges and universities. Now that the dust has begun to settle (except in the purgatory known as the Land of Waitlists), some noticeable trends have begun to emerge from this year's college process.

In searching for evidence of those trends, I came across an excellent summary written by college advisor, Cristiana Quinn, reporting in GOLOCALprov. It's good to find a high-level distillation of all that's happening these days in college admissions. One could also scour the College Confidential discussion forum for the molecular-level details, but there's almost too much information there to digest quickly. It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet. There's a real feast of information awaiting readers, but one can quickly get indigestion from data and opinion overload.

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