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Win $5,000 And Boost Your SAT 200 Points – 4 Must-Have Resources for Ivy-Bound Students

Hi everyone, I’ve been getting a lot of emails from readers asking for my recommendations on everything from SAT prep websites to essay and brag sheet editing help. While many of the services I’m recommending below are relatively new (and thus, I haven’t personally used them), I’ve had the fortune of investigating them closely and […]

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Why Harvard Is Always #1 In Rankings Like U.S. News & World Report

Harvard is considered the most prestigious most selective and most elite university in the world. In this article, I’ll explain the 5 reasons why, year after year, Harvard is always #1 in the most well-known university rankings including U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, and more. Number one – age matters The first reason is […]

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UPenn And Its Dual Degree Programs: Huntsman & Jerome Fisher

University of Pennsylvania is a great Ivy League school. It is not as well-known as schools like Princeton or Brown for its liberal arts and humanities, but it is very well-known for its undergraduate Wharton Business School. In addition, UPenn, as its commonly known, has great graduate programs in law, medicine, and of course its […]

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4 Key Differences Between Harvard and Stanford

Harvard is on the East Coast. Stanford is on the West Coast. Harvard is older and more traditional. Stanford is newer and more liberal. Harvard is well-known for its liberal arts and humanities. Stanford is well-known for its engineering and technology. Both are great schools, but which one is right for you? Below, I’ll detail […]

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The Best Teacher Recommendations for Ivy League Admissions

There is a very clear process to make sure that you get the best teacher recommendations possible in order to stand out in the college admissions process. Here are the steps: First, start building teacher relationships freshman year. The earlier you start, the better. There will always be teachers you like more than others. Focus […]

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Yale Admissions Guide

Yale is one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools. It is a member of the “HYP” – Harvard Yale Princeton – and plays a very special role in the history of the Ivy leagues and in the history of elite American universities. *This continues a series on how to get into top schools. If […]

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7 Steps To Get Into Stanford

This is part 2 of a series on how to get into Stanford. Here are seven (more) things you must do well: The first thing you want to do is to make sure you are a well-balanced student. While I talk about spikes all the time, the most important thing that Stanford looks at is […]

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How Important Is Community Service and Volunteer Work Really? Plus Other Insights for International Students

Today’s email comes from an international student who is currently in Singapore: Hi, I am [name removed] and currently studying at a US community college in Singapore. However, I wish to take the SATs as I intend to transfer in a year’s time. However, if I only have average scores(mostly Bs and a few As) […]

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A nice email that I wanted to share

Just thought I’d share an email that a reader sent me today, in response to my first article in sometime. You can expect a lot more content in coming months – as well as a big update to my admissions guide.

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How To Get Off The Waitlist At Harvard, MIT, CalTech, and more

I’m starting a new segment here at Hopeless to Harvard where I directly answer user questions – PROVIDED you’re willing to have your entire question be published here, along with my response. So if you’re interested, please email me (john@). Our first question today is about how to get off the waitlist at Ivy League […]

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