Executive Director, Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth; Co-President, OCSEF.
Helping your child apply to university through an early decision or early action program can drastically improve their chances of getting in and it’s often the right choice when applying to elite universities like Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Be aware, however, this can be a very stressful time for you and your children!
2015 was marked by a series of unprecedented complaints directed towards Harvard. Specifically, the group SFFA – Students for Fair Admissions has filed a complaint in November 2014 regarding a bias in the Asian student admission procedure. They argued that Harvard has set up a system that holds Asian students to higher standards than the others, and forces them to compete. To support their claims, SFFA brought up a study conducted by sociologists from Princeton, which revealed the fact that the SAT scores for Asian Americans needed to be about 140 points higher than the other students.
The highest known prime number so far has been calculated, and it is much, much larger than the previous prime number that was known. Almost 5 million digits larger. The previous highest prime number was found out to be one subtracted from 2 to the power of 57885161 on the 25th of January 2013. It was calculated by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) and the number had 17,425,170 digits.
Everyone who is serious about getting into an elite university knows the importance of creating exceptional work for his or her applications. Whether your dream school is Harvard, Princeton, Yale, or MIT, you know that your essays need to shine.
But did you know that, in addition to the quality of your essays, colleges have started to measure how much you care for others on their applications? Colleges are taking action to learn about the character of students, moving some focus away from GPAs, SAT scores, and extracurricular activities.