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Taking a year off after high school – will it help you get into Ivy League schools?

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I was asked this question recently by a reader – he specifically wanted to know if it was a good idea to spend a year on a volunteer program in Africa before reapplying for top schools like Stanford and UPenn. My answer: a qualified yes. Why a “qualified” yes and not outright yes, yes, yes? […]

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College admissions advice: does my choice of major hurt my chances at getting into the Ivy Leagues?

I’ve been asked through email about this several times: Questions like: I’ve heard that picking the right major helps you get into the best schools. Is this true? What majors are best to get me into college? Will my major impact my college admissions chances to get into Ivy League schools? The short answer is: […]

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