High Stakes: The first roll of the dice

High Stakes: The first roll of the dice

With the year’s first issue of The Chronicle comes the first installment of High Stakes: a year-long profile of four anonymous seniors through their respective college processes leading up to an identity and college reveal in our May issue. While High Stakes has traditionally followed students hidden behind the identities of “The Brain,” “The Athlete,” […]

High Stakes: In Suspense

High Stakes: In Suspense

The Brain: Hoping to pursue his studies in the math and sciences, Sean* followed through with his original intention to apply Early Action to The University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology. He is specifically intrigued by the unique core curriculum offered at The University of Chicago and said […]

Upper school deans host college admissions workshop

For the 35th year in a row, the upper school deans hosted a College Admissions Workshop April 23, designed to show students and their parents what the admissions process looks like. The event featured admissions officers from 46 colleges. Approximately juniors and their parents from Campbell Hall, Oakwood and Harvard-Westlake attended the two-hour event. Attendees […]

Percentage of senior class applying early drops

In a drop back down from last year’s record high of 93.4 percent, the number of seniors submitting early college applications hit only 89 percent this fall, Upper School Dean Beth Slattery said. “Last year might have been an anomaly,” Slattery said. “I think it’s always from now on going to hover in the 85 […]

Rationalizing college dreams

There is too much advice in my life right now. And it’s all about college. My dean, parents, friends, other deans, admissions officers, are endless supplies of application edits, acceptance percentages, and other relevant college data. And all that data seems to have the same message: Manage your expectations and be reasonable about where you […]

93 percent of seniors apply early to college

In what may be the highest percentage yet, 93.4 percent of the senior class applied to colleges early decision, early action or both this year, upper school dean Beth Slattery said. That number is a five percent increase from last year and a 21 percent increase since fall 2009. “Most people, for one reason or […]

Under the Radar

For many years, colleges and universities have factored grades, teacher recommendations, test scores and essays into their admission decisions. However, according to a 2012 poll by Kaplan Test Prep of 350 admissions officers, some colleges even view prospective students’ Facebook profiles and other social media outlets in the admissions process. Of the 350 admissions officers […]

Seniors move on to regular decisions

Doug*, The Brain  Doug submitted his single choice early action application to Princeton University more than a week ago and although he was excited, he does not feel much relief. “When I hit the submit button it didn’t really hit me until an hour later when I realized and said ‘wow.’ It’s not that much […]

Colleges push back early deadlines

More than two dozen colleges extended their Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines in the face of potential East Coast power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy that would prevent students without access to a working computer from submitting their applications. Many of the extensions apply only to students living in areas affected by the storm. “These extensions […]