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The Elite Mystique

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This is the week that Ivy League schools release Regular Decision verdicts. I have worked as an independent college admissions counselor since the late 1980s and have seen the full range of emotions associated with both students and parents regarding the desire to “Go Ivy." This year, those emotions, along with their schemes and resulting consequences, have come into bold relief with The Great College Admissions Scandal of 2019, which affected many "elite" schools.

The facts revealed from the scandal have shown us just how far people are willing to go to become associated with an Ivy League and similarly elite schools. They're willing to explore and employ unethical and even illegal means to become part of this exalted bastion of higher education. For all current high school juniors and their parents, I thought I'd give you some perspective about the so-called “Quest for Ivy."

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