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4 tips in picking the right college now

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While the focus of Hopeless To Harvard is elite college admissions, a broader discussion of college selection criteria is important for every high school student. Not only are the Ivy League schools different from each other (say, Brown vs. Yale), but beyond the Ivies there’s a whole world of different options. Here are the biggest […]

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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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