William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard's dean of admissions, answers reader's questions on the importance of the college essay.
- Answers: Part One » Q/A about about affirmative action, legacy admissions, the escalating costs of an elite college education and just how Harvard decides whom to let in, and whom to turn away.
- Answers: Part Two » Q/A about standarized testing, and so-called “helicopter parenting.”
- Answers: Part Three » How the admissions committee considers extracurricular activities (as with anything in admissions, there is no one-size-fits-all approach), as well as the importance of teacher and counselor recommendations.
- Answers: Part Four » How the admissions committee weighs the essay portion of the application, and tracks admissions decisions long after the applicant in question has graduated Harvard.
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