“Noodle” has published a list of eight haunted college campuses. Are you curious if your university is among the haunted? Wonder no longer — let’s get started. Cal State University – Channel Islands is haunted. Why? Because the university is on the grounds of a former insane asylum. Yes, you read that right. An insane asylum. In the ten years that the university has been open, some students have claimed to have encountered some former inmates. Scary, huh?
Penn State University is also haunted. A woman was killed in one of the library stacks in 1969 and the rumor has it that she still haunts those very stacks. How “666 Park Avenue” of her! The University of Georgia is also haunted, according to “Noodle” — by Confederate soldiers and folks who have been killed and/or committed suicide. Boston University is also among the haunted. Its Shelton Hall is allegedly still the stomping grounds of the deceased Eugene O’Neil, a playwright who died in the building which was then a hotel.
Ohio University makes the list as well. Apparently, a whole basketball team haunts Wilson Hall. Bizarre, huh? Students have heard lots of voices in Wilson Hall and Room 428 was permanently sealed due to strange voices. Permanently sealed — oh my! Flagler College too is haunted, with ghosts from the time when the college was a report still lingering. And The College of William and Mary is among the haunted universities as well. Native American drumbeats can be heard in the Brafferton building. Spooky!
What other universities are haunted? Share your stories with us! We’re anxious to hear them.Categories: Other Tidbits, Selecting Colleges Tags: Haunted College Campuses, Haunted Colleges, Haunted Universities, Haunted University Campuses, Haunted US Colleges
We’re nearing commencement exercises across the nation and thus news of commencement speakers at various universities is beginning to hit the press. “The Huffington Post” has reported a number of these speakers, many of whom are interesting choices to address the graduating classes. If you’ll recall from last year’s graduation ceremonies, Conan O’Brien, the speaker at Dartmouth College, gave the most exciting speech. If you haven’t seen the Dartmouth graduation speech, you should be sure to check it out. It was by far and away the best graduation speech we’ve ever heard.
This year, Steve Carell will be addressing the graduating class of Princeton University. Condoleeza Rice will be addressing grads at Southern Methodist University. Cory Booker, the erudite mayor of Newark with a profound interest in Judaism who ran into a burning building on Thursday to successfully rescue a woman, will be addressing the graduating class at Stanford University. Geoffrey Canada, the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, will be speaking to the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania. Trailblazing journalist Barbara Walters, perhaps the most prolific female journalist of our time, will be addressing the graduates of Yale University.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will be speaking to grads of Tulane University in addition to the University of Washington. Adam Savage, one of the Mythbuster guys, will be speaking to graduates of Sarah Lawrence College. Walter Isaacson, the man who wrote Steve Jobs’ biography, will be addressing Cooper Union graduates. And the man with the famous voice, James Early Jones, will be receiving an honorary degree from Juilliard.
We’ll be updating you with more commencement speaker announcements as they’re announced but hat tip to a slideshow on commencement speakers in “The Huffington Post” for these leads. Of these speakers, which university do you think scored the biggest get? Is it Barbara Walters? Condoleeza Rice? Steve Carell? Cory Booker? And let us know who you think would make a better graduation speaker than the aforementioned folks!Categories: Did You Know?, Ivy League, Other Tidbits Tags: College Graduation Speakers, Commencement Speakers, Graduation Speakers, Ivy League Graduation Speakers, University Graduation Speakers
There was a cool article in the “Stanford Daily” by Jordan Carr that broke down the eight categories of admitted students to Stanford University. While the piece is intended as humorous, Jordan’s breakdown isn’t exactly a stretch of the truth. In fact, it’s probably quite accurate and that’s why it’s kind of funny. Let’s take a look at Jordan’s eight categories of Stanford admits:
1. “The Legacy.” ‘Nuff said.
2. “The Richie Richington.” This is the student whose last name also appears on your dormitory.
3. “The Athlete in an Obscure Sport.” The squash player. The synchronized swimmer.
4. “The Kid Who Crushed the SAT.” Most of Stanford’s admitted students crushed the SAT. Did most recruited athletes? No, but many of them did, too. We’re not sure that we agree with this category as someone who simply got a great score on the SAT likely would not have been admitted to Stanford unless there were other compelling reasons to accept this student. Maybe the applicant wrote a killer essay or had a “pointless musical talent” too.
5. “The Person from a Weird Place.” Kids from Nebraska do indeed have an easier time gaining admission to highly competitive colleges than students from Long Island, New York. It’s less competitive and colleges want to have students from every state in the U.S.
6. “The Person Who Already Accomplished Something.” Ivy League colleges and highly competitive universities such as Stanford often have an Olympic Gold Medalist in their incoming class of students. Or published authors. You get the idea.
7. “The Progeny of a Famous Person.” Jordan says the progeny of famous people at Stanford are often the sons and daughters of “the president of Latvia” rather than Bratt Pitt’s kid.
8. “The Kid with Pointless Musical Talent.” Jordan claims there are a ton. We believe him. Think about all of the Tiger Moms out there with cubs who play the violin!
Check out the article in the “Stanford Daily” here.Categories: Admissions Process, College Athletes, Other Tidbits Tags: College Admissions, College Legacy Admissions, Stanford University, Talented Students, The Ivy League
There is an opinion piece on “Huffington Post” by John M. Eger in which Mr. Eger criticizes the college admissions process. In fact, Mr. Eger compares the college admissions rat race to the lottery when he writes, “Is who gets admitted to one of America’s coveted universities each year mostly a numbers process that is badly flawed? You are more likely to have success at LOTTO.” Mr. Eger couldn’t be more wrong and it’s this very kind of opinion piece that contributes to the college admissions craze that stresses out students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors alike.
In his piece, Mr. Eger points out many of the imperfections of the current college admissions process. He takes aim at the SAT as “increasingly being discounted by colleges because, many critics have accused, [it] has a cultural bias toward the white and wealthy kids.” This is patently wrong, Mr. Eger. The SAT also favors wealthy Chinese and Indian students alike who can afford the high costs of great SAT prep for their children. Wealthy Chinese and Indian students can game the system just as “white kids” can!
And, Mr. Eger, it’s 2011…your argument is hardly new. Ever since the early days of the SAT, there have been complaints that the test is discriminatory. In fact, questions that test-takers of various ethnicities might construe differently were carefully examined and removed. For instance, an analogy like “club: waggle” would not appear on any recent version of the SAT. Why? Because depending on your background, one might associate the word “club” with a bar, a weapon, or golfing equipment. While the term “waggle” is a back-and-forth motion of the hands and wrist typically associated with golfing, this would give an unfair advantage to wealthy kids whose parents bought them golf lessons or took them out for nine holes on a sunny weekend day.
As for your argument that colleges are “increasingly discounting” the SAT (or ACT), you happen to be wrong again. Are there colleges that don’t require the SAT or ACT? Yes. Smith College, Bates College, and Union College don’t require it (they have test-optional policies…although, don’t be fooled, great SAT or ACT scores can surely increase your chances for admission even at these colleges). Middlebury College, Bryn Mawr College, and Hamilton College don’t require the SAT or the ACT it if you submit SAT Subject Tests and AP / IB exam scores. But the aforementioned colleges are part of a very short list. Are there other schools that are test-optional? Yes. In fact, as of this date, there are 830 colleges and universities that have optional SAT / ACT policies. DeVry will accept you if you have a pulse (this may even be negotiable). But come on…the vast majority of competitive colleges and universities require the SAT / ACT and will require the SAT / ACT ten years from now barring the unlikely creation of a new test that can measure the aptitude of all college applicants more fairly than the exams currently in place.
If Mr. Eger hadn’t done enough damage by putting forth inaccurate information, he then takes aim at GPAs when he writes, “High schools don’t use the same GPA scale, ‘according to Peterson College Search,’ and even when they do, many use weighted systems (perhaps giving extra ‘points’ to grades from honors, accelerated, International Baccalaureate, or Advanced Placement classes), and employ varying methods of calculating a cumulative GPA. The trouble is that the GPA measure is incredibly imprecise and hard to compare. Thus Peterson says, ‘Your GPA is very much dependent upon your high school setting and grading policies and the classes you have taken.’” The truth is that colleges are adept at leveling the GPA playing field. They receive high school profiles. They know the courses offered at each school. They know if an applicant is taking the most challenging courses possible. They know the colleges to which many of the high school’s graduates matriculate. They can easily unweight GPAs if that is the practice of a particular admissions office (as it is at many universities). They can easily just look at the grades and coursework without making any calculations (as is the practice at still other universities).
So, Mr. Eger, thank you for adding to the stress of the college admissions process by pointing out various alleged flaws of the system. While there are indeed flaws in the college admissions system, your inaccurate, flawed opinion piece suggests no remedies and as such, it’s entirely useless.
Read the “Huffington Post” opinion piece here.Admissions Process, College Decisions, Deciding on a College to Attend, Other Tidbits Tags: ACT Prep, AP Tests, College Admissions Stress, SAT Prep, SAT Subject Test
A study put out by Rasmussen finds that only 3% of persons polled found that Ivy League graduates make better workers. According to Rasmussen Reports, the study specifically finds: “79% do not think Ivy League students make better workers. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.” We at The Ivy Coach call big time foul on this study.
In one question (“Generally speaking, are people who go to Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale better workers than people who went to other colleges?), those surveyed are asked quite a leading question. Unless you went to an Ivy League university, chances are you are going to say no! Why would someone admit that other workers might be better than them? They have pride. It’s like asking the question: Generally speaking, do people who live in mansions lead better lives than those who live in modest homes? Chances are the person who lives in the modest home is going to say no…even if he/she doesn’t wholeheartedly believe that to be true.
Additionally, the priming effect is at play in this flawed study. The questions plant within one’s mind that an Ivy League education is not at all tied with hard work. The questions allude that Ivy Leaguers are not hard workers and rely instead only on their elite educations. While there certainly are exceptions, we believe that most graduates of Ivy League colleges tend to be hard workers because in order to gain admission to these highly competitive universities, they had to show performance superior to others. Are there extremely smart, hard-working graduates of non-Ivy League schools? Of course! Take a look at the list of Fortune 500 CEOs. Many attended colleges that most people have never heard of. But to discount Ivy Leaguers as non-hard workers as this study seems to suggest (even if unintentionally), is incorrect.
Check out the Rasmussen study here.Admissions Process, Other Tidbits Tags: College Admissions, College Applicants, Ivy League, Ivy League Employees, Ivy League Workers
There is an article in today’s “NY Daily News,” the ultimate source of news that is neither interesting nor noteworthy, that focuses on a Manhattan mom who is suing the preschool her daughter attended for hurting her 4 year-old’s chances of admission to an Ivy League school because they didn’t prepare her dc (darling child) for the ERBs (the SATs for kindergarten admission). Imagine that!
The suit brought by the mother, Nicole Imprescia, claims, “At age four, [York Avenue Preschool] was still teaching [Imprescia's] daughter about shapes and colors – a two year old’s learning environment…Like many parents living in Manhattan, [Imprescia] places a priority on her child’s preschool education.” Adds Jose Martinez of the “NY Daily News,” The suit quotes from an article that identifies elite preschools as the first step for getting children into the best elementary and high schools ‘and on to the Ivy League.’”
The mother not only wants her $19,000/year tuition refunded by York Avenue Preschool but she hopes that the suit becomes a class-action one so that other toddlers who are later denied admission to elite colleges can pinpoint where it all went so terribly wrong. Not being “properly prepped for the standardized test…can mean the difference between Dalton and – gasp! – public school.
In an interview with Steve Nelson, Head of the Calhoun School in Manhattan, “Nicole Imprescia’s daughter probably won’t apply to Calhoun for kindergarten, but we wouldn’t take her anyway. It’s not because of the lawsuit. We’re just not interested in families who think prepping for standardized tests is a good way to raise a child.” Who is he kidding – of course it’s about the lawsuit! The lawsuit that’s about to follow Imprescia’s daughter throughout her elementary and high school years…and maybe even to the attention of Ivy League admissions officers years down the road…Categories: Applying to Prep Schools, Other Tidbits, Parents Tags: College Admissions, Ivy League, Preschool and College, Preschool and College Admission, Preschool to Ivy League
A basketball game that took place today at Yale University between the Harvard Crimson and the Princeton Tigers may have repercussions on next year’s admissions process. Harvard and Princeton had already earned a share of the Ivy League title this season after both posted 12-2 records in the conference. Since the Ivy League is the only Division I league that does not have a tournament to decide the representative of the league to the NCAA Tournament, a playoff was necessary and so Harvard met Princeton on neutral turf at Yale today.
The game was epic and it looked as if Harvard was going to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946. Up by one point with less than a second to go, Princeton’s Douglas Davis launched a 15-footer at the buzzer to secure a victory for Princeton and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, a tournament they haven’t been a part of since 2004. After officials reviewed the play to ensure the shot was released from Davis’ hands in time, Princeton was declared the victor and its fans rushed the court in celebration.
The Ivy League has never been awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament but if there were ever a year when a school deserved one, this is that year. Tommy Amaker’s Harvard squad deserves that chance. It is our hope that the committee gives it to them. But applicants to Princeton (and potentially Harvard) beware: The further the college(s) advance in March Madness, the more applications the college(s) will receive next year. So if you’re a high school junior and applying to Princeton next year, as difficult as it may be, you might want to root for their opponent in the first round. You can root for Princeton every year after that once you get admitted!
Read a related blog – College Admissions and March Madness.Categories: Admissions Process, Other Tidbits Tags: Applicants to Princeton, College Applicants, Princeton, Princeton Applicants, Princeton University
Tuition costs in the Ivy League are on the rise again. Shocker. Dartmouth saw the highest tuition hike at 5.9%. Princeton saw the lowest hike in the last 45 years at 1%. While Columbia has not yet announced their tuition hike the university will, in all likelihood, end up being the most expensive Ivy League university. Princeton currently ranks as the least expensive at $49,069 per year.
Below is the 2011-2012 breakdown for the cost increases at the Ivy League schools accounting for tuition, room, board, and fees:
Columbia University – TBD – 2010-2011 cost was $56,684
Dartmouth College – 5.9% increase – $55,365
Cornell University – 4.5% increase – $54,645
University of Pennsylvania – 3.9% increase – $53,976
Brown University – 3.5% increase – $53,136
Yale University – 5.8% increase – $52,700
Harvard University – 3.8% increase – $52,650
Princeton University – 1% increase – $49,069
Categories: Other Tidbits, The Rankings, University Tuition Tags: Ivy League, Ivy League Tuition, Ivy League Tuition Cost, Ivy League Tuition Costs, Ivy Tuition Costs
There has been a scandal brewing at the Office of Admission at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This was first reported in 2009 when it became public that the school’s lobbyist, the person whom the university has put in charge of government relations, was helping unqualified applicants who had political connections gain admission.
As a consequence of the scandal, the admissions office put in place a system that logs when outside parties (i.e., politicians) contact the office of admission in attempts to sway admissions decisions. The scandal resurfaced recently when a legislator got involved in helping a current University of Illinois student get into a dual degree program. While the resurfacing did not involve admissions, the system that the admissions office put in place to check the influence of outside parties on college decisions flagged the misstep.
Check out the article in “The Chicago Tribune” here.Categories: Admissions Process, College Decisions, Other Tidbits Tags: College Acceptance, College Admissions, College Applicants, College Application, University of Illinois Admissions
It’s that time of year again, the time of year when you print out your NCAA Tourney bracket, read Dick Vitale’s predictions on ESPN, and then fill in your own projections for the universities you think will advance to the Sweet 16 and beyond. In the Ivy League, for the first time in the school’s long history, Harvard has won at least a share of the Ivy title. Should Princeton fall to Penn in their last regular season game, Harvard will secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Should Princeton beat Penn, Harvard and Princeton will compete in a playoff to determine the league’s representative to the NCAA Tournament.
But beyond the hoopla and excitement of March Madness, how does this tournament impact the universities that manage to qualify for The Big Dance? The fact is that at many universities, including at highly selective schools like Duke, Stanford, and Penn, the school’s run in the NCAA Tournament can have a major impact on the admissions process. Yes, if you’re applying to Duke next year, it may well be in your best interest to root against the Blue Devils this year so that you can have a better chance of admission. Heresy, you might suggest? It doesn’t mean you have to become a Carolina fan. And the fact is, if you’re admitted the following year, you can root on Duke as a Cameron Crazy for each of the next four years and for every year for the rest of your life.
Let’s take a look at the statistics. Historically, universities that qualify for the Sweet 16 increase their applicant pool by an average of 3% the following year. A school that wins the tournament tends to increase next year’s applicant pool by an average of 7-8%, according to a Virginia Tech researcher. Do you happen to remember mid-major George Mason’s Cinderella run to the Final Four back in 2006 (that included upsets of powerhouses Michigan State, UNC, and UConn)? In the following admissions cycle, George Mason’s applicant pool increased by 20%.
In a research paper entitled, “The Impact of College Sports Success on the Quantity and Quality of Student Applications,” author Devin Pope of Wharton and Jaren Pope of Virginia Tech found, “Empirical studies have produced mixed results on the relationship between a school’s sports success and the quantity and quality of students that apply to the school. This study uses two unique datasets to shed additional light on the indirect benefits that sports success provides to NCAA Division I schools.”
The Popes go on to write, “Key findings include: (i) football and basketball success significantly increase the quantity of applications to a school, with estimates ranging from 2-8% for the top 20 football schools and the top 16 basketball schools each year, (ii) private schools see increases in application rates after sports success that are 2-4 times higher than public schools, (iii) the extra applications received are composed of both low and high SAT scoring students thus providing potential for schools to improve their admission outcomes, and (iv) schools appear to exploit these increases in applications by improving both the number and the quality of incoming students.”Categories: Admissions Process, College Decisions, Deciding on a College to Attend, Did You Know?, Other Tidbits, The Rankings Tags: College Admissions and March Madness, College Admissions Statistics, Ivy League, March Madness, NCAA Tournament