Monday, September 21, 2009

Answers From Harvard’s Dean of Admissions

Answers From Harvard’s Dean, NYTimes' The Choice Blog

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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