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Face What?
Admissions

Face What?

Students scramble to get rid of their social media accounts before admissions decisions, perhaps to no avail.

Face What?
Admissions

Social Media and Admissions: To Facebook or Not to Facebook?

As a college applicant, I pulled out all the stops to hose down my social media presence. I deactivated my Facebook, deleted my Twitter account and (empty) YouTube channel, and combed my blog for expletives, painstakingly removing each one. I was convinced—or at least my over-supportive and over-anxious mother was convinced—that each instance of rebellious behavior would assure admissions officers of my poor moral character.

Waitlist Woes
Admissions

Waitlist Woes

Getting put on the waitlist is not the end of the world.

Waitlist Woes
Admissions

Waitlists: Not the End of the World

You may accept your position on the waitlist and develop a plan of action, but in the meantime, celebrate the schools you did get into. You’re going to college. That’s a huge achievement that many of us take for granted, and is something that not everyone gets to say.

Honest Abe
Admissions

Honest Abe

Abraham Lincoln's son Robert Todd failed the entrance exam for Harvard.

Honest Abe
Admissions

Weekly News Round-Up: Admissions Rates, Affirmative Action, and At Least You’re Not Lincoln’s Kid

Admissions Rates, Affirmative Action, and At Least You’re Not Lincoln’s Kid

Previews

Zuckerberg’s Welcome: Kind Gesture, or Selfish Plot?

We all know the story: boy goes to Harvard, boy makes popular social media site, boy drops out of Harvard and goes on to become one of the world’s youngest billionaires. But there’s a plot twist!

Samuel L. Coffin
Admissions

The Legend of the Z-List

The Z-list inhabits an especially remote cranny in the cave of Harvard lore. The core of the Z-list intrigue is exclusivity. As admission rates have plummeted, mystery has increased.

Undermatching
Admissions

Undermatching

Low-income students with high academic standing believed to be prepared for selective colleges, but rarely apply to attend.

Undermatching
Admissions

Is Undermatching Overvalued?

It’s a fact that students in the lowest income quartile constitute less than 4% of enrollment at the nation’s most selective institutions. Among the many possible explanations, one of the most-talked about reasons is the theory of undermatching.

College

Admissions Stories: Where Were You When You Got In?

Last Thursday, the future Harvard Class of 2018 received the emails of their lifetime. In honor of Decision Day, FM collected some acceptance stories from both current students and faculty and staff who once attended Harvard College.

Not The End of the World
Admissions

Not The End of the World

College is not the be-all and end-all.

Keep Your Chin Up
Admissions

Keep Your Chin Up

College acceptances are not the be-all and end-all.

Keep Your Chin Up
Admissions

To Those Who Were Rejected

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Harvard students get rejected too. A lot.

Samuel L. Coffin
Admissions

Samuel L. Coffin

Samuel L. Coffin '14 planned to attend the University of Pennsylvania before he found out that he was on Harvard's "z-list."

Johnston Gate Arts Cover
Arts

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

Awkward Eye Contact
Columns

Let’s Talk about Campus-Eye-Contact-Culture

Dictionary
Columns

Ban the Bossy Ban Bossy