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Getting Into the Ivies - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • For American teenagers, it really is harder to get into Harvard — or Yale, Stanford, Brown, Boston College or many other elite colleges — than it was when today’s 40-year-olds or 50-year-olds were applying. The number of spots filled by American students at Harvard, after adjusting for the size of the teenage population nationwide, has dropped 27 percent since 1994.
  • The share for any individual college is minuscule, of course. In 2012, about 33 out of every 100,000 American 18- to 21-year-olds were attending Harvard, down from 45 per 100,000 in 1994. These changes in the share tell you how much harder, or easier, admission has become for American teenagers on average. Between 1984 and 1994, it became easier at many colleges. The college-age population in this country fell during that time to 14.1 million in 1994 from 16.5 million in 1984, and the number of foreign students was relatively stable.
  • Over the last 20 years, several large colleges, like N.Y.U. and the University of Southern California, have improved markedly, effectively increasing the number of seats on elite campuses
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  • For students from the Northeast applying to elite colleges in the region, college admissions have probably become even more difficult in recent decades than these statistics suggest. Not only have colleges globalized, they have also become less regional, admitting more students from states like North Carolina, Texas and Washington.
  • On average, about 15 percent of students at elite colleges receive Pell grants, which as a rule of thumb go to students in the bottom half of the income distribution.
  • Low-income applicants are left to compete for the remaining slots with applicants who have the highest test scores, most impressive extracurricular activities and most eloquent essays.
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    After reading this i felt I could assuage the parents group at my daughter's school who were heartbroken that their siblings were not accepted into the school as well.
Maggie Tsai

美国大学升学作文命题趣谈 - 白露为霜的日志 - 贝壳村 - 7 views

  • You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. Please submit Page 217. (UPenn, 2009)
  • 这篇作文的目的是看学生对自己的人生有没有什么规划。任何大学都希望自己的学生和校友成功,而有雄心有计划的人成功的可能性会更高一些。这个题目并不难写,如果你想当导演,第217页可能是写你在奥斯卡奖颁奖仪式上焦急地等待结果;如果你想从政,第217页可能是写到你作为新科参议员视察飓风袭击后的灾区的情景。写什么都可以,你的想象力是唯一的障碍。如果你说我不知道我想做什么(这也常见),那就编一个,没人会找你算账的。最后别忘记提到你在宾大接受的教育在你成功中起到的作用,这样你就给大学一个录取你的好理由。
  • Using the quotation below as a jumping off point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world.     "Some questions cannot be answered./ They become familiar weights in the hand,/ Round stones pulled from the pocket, unyielding and cool."
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  • 如果你想知道普林斯顿到底喜欢什么样的人,从这个题目应该可以看出点端倪 – 有思想而且执著的人。这首诗到底在说啥,怎样才能起跳?有些人可能有这样的经历,他看到了一件事,读了一本书,有一个哲学问题等等,以后就一直放不下。因为挥之不去,就变成了他的一个负担,坚硬而冰凉。没有?那你太幸福了,也许你就不该写这个题目。如果有这种经历,你或许能写出一篇很出彩的文章,展示你的思想的深度和敏锐度。要注意的是重点不在这个事件的本身,更重要的是后来呢?它是怎样改变了你的,而你又做了些什么呢?
  • Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
  • In short, we are looking for the thinking student who has a passion for learning.
  • 斯坦福想看到的是不但有好奇心,能在饭桌上进行热烈的讨论,而且能进一步把它变成一个研究课题的学生。如果学生拥有对扩展自己智能空间的激情,能量,主动性和真正的兴趣,这个题目不难。这些特质一定会某方面展露出来的
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