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The Agony of Ivy Admissions

Yesterday (March 30) was Ivy League application results day. As in years past, the center of the results universe was the College Confidential discussion forum, which outperformed Harvard's email decision notification system. As of 10 p.m. last night, there were still many Harvard aspirants who either hadn't received their admission decision email or who couldn't even access the Harvard admissions site to log in, well past the 5 p.m. release time.

The College Confidential forum, on the other hand, kept operating smoothly, without any crashes or slowdowns, even in the face of a tremendous surge of traffic across its servers. This was the kind of performance the many thousands of posters needed, as they posted their ecstatic, heartbroken, or ambivalent sentiments regarding their Ivy results.

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