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Should you send your kid to an Ivy or not?

A bad football league commands a disporptionate amount of interest in college admission (No, I am not Ivy bashing, just stating a fact: “Ivies represented on active NFL rosters are Harvard, Brown and Cornell, with Yale represented on practice squads. Of the 10 total players, Harvard leads the pack with four, and Yale, Brown, and Cornell each have two.”) The Ivies collectively received about 268,000 applications–mind you many students applied to more than one Ivy; one not only applied to, but got into all 8. The Ivy League has room for almost none. With a collective admission rate of 8%, students are well advised to have some alternatives in mind when applying to college. But that is purely a statistically smart thing to do. William Deresiewicz argues that you should not let them go to an Ivy League School because they “are turning our kids into zombies.” His tirade really is about the elite education conveybelt that propells students to succeed without really investing in theselves; sure these students try, and try very hard, but they do not feel. His evidence: Ivy League graduates go to Wall street finance numbers in droves. At least that is what he would have you believe. Yes, finance is the number one career after college at Harvard, Yale and Princton (Harvard at 17 percent, Yale, finance accounted for 14 percent oand at Princeton, 35.9 percent of those who had jobs at graduation were headed into finance). It is a  safe bet argues Ezra Klein. Well only two Ivy League schools (Cornell and UPenn) make it into the top 20 of Peace Corp volunteers, but several other elite institutions do as well (Rice, Tufts, Chicago, Georgetown, Duke, Emory). But they show up in droves at Teach for America:

  • Cornell 55
  • Harvard 45
  • UPENN 40
  • Columbia 35
  • Dartmouth 33
  • Brown 31
  • Princeton 30
  • Yale 30

Harvard graduates about 1600 students a year. About 2.8% went to Teach for America. Yeah, that is anot a lot. But a total of 11.5% are working in education. 7.5% in Non-profit work. Sure 31% are heading into Finance and Consulting, but that means 62% are not. 

JD Chapman takes counterpoint to William Deresiewicz‘s position:

Deresiewicz makes and then bungles two essential claims. The first is that the American college system’s admissions process is reductive and occasionally brutal. The second is that far too many students at our nation’s most selective institutions are going into finance. 

Both authors miss the key point: Elite Education does not guarantee success. Sure it will most likely give you a big leg up, especially if you go to the top 4, but it is what you do when you are there that matters. Indeed recent research from Gallup showcased the exact sort of experiences students should be cultivating at college if they want to enjoy a successful career. 

Ironically, both articles are published in the New Republic, which apparently really likes Ivy Leagure graduates: “46 out of 91 staffers hold undergraduate or graduate degrees (or both) from an Ivy League institution.”

Free Course on applying to US universities

UPENN is partnering with several other universities to offer a free program on Coursera on Applying to US Universities. I followed the course last spring when it was first offered and can tell you it is simply excellent. I especially appreciated the indepth interviews from current admission officers: access original interviews between Erick and admissions officers from the University of PennsylvaniaPurdue University,Santa Clara UniversityRhodes College, and Montgomery County Community College. This is an excellent course (along with detailed consultations with your high school counselor) for navigating the college admission maze. Starts August 3. 

 

Early Action

An alternative to Early Decision, which is a binding, is Early Action. As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I share with you what looks to be a very comprehesnive list. 

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE US WITH EARLY ACTION (NON-BINDING) ADMISSION DECISION PLANS

 

[last modified July 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM]

 

ALABAMA

 

            Auburn University

            Birmingham-Southern College

 

ARIZONA

 

         Arizona Christian University

 

ARKANSAS

 

         Hendrix College

            Lyon College

            University of Arkansas

 

CALIFORNIA

 

         Azusa Pacific University

            Biola University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            California Baptist University

            California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)

            California Lutheran University

            Chapman University

            Concordia University Irvine

            Loyola Marymount University

            Menlo College

            Mills College

            Mount Saint Mary’s College

            Notre Dame de Namur University

            Point Loma Nazarene University

            Santa Clara University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Soka University of America

            Saint Mary’s College of California

Stanford University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

            Applicants agree not to apply to any other private college/university under an Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision or Early Notification program; Applicants may apply to other colleges and universities under their Regular Decision option.

 

Exceptions

The student may apply to any college/university with early deadlines for scholarships or special academic programs as long as the decision is non-binding;

The student may apply to any public college/university with a non-binding early application option;

The student may apply to any college/university with a non-binding rolling admission process;

The student may apply to any foreign college/university on any application schedule

           

            The Master’s College

            University of Redlands

University of San Francisco [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of the Pacific

            Westmont College

            Whittier College

 

COLORADO

 

         Colorado College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plan]

            Colorado State University

            Fort Lewis College

            University of Colorado at Boulder

            University of Denver

 

CONNECTICUT

 

         Fairfield University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            United States Coast Guard Academy

            University of Hartford

            University of New Haven

            Yale University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

If you are a Single-Choice Early Action applicant to Yale, you may apply to another institution’s early admission program as follows:

You may apply to any college's non-binding rolling admission program;

You may apply to any public institution at any time provided that admission is not binding;

You may apply to another college’s Early Decision II program, but only if the notification of admission occurs after January 1. If you are admitted through another college’s Early Decision II binding program, you must withdraw your application from Yale;

You may apply to any institution outside of the United States at any time.

 

 

DELAWARE

 

         Delaware College of Art and Design

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

         Catholic University of America

            Georgetown University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

Georgetown's Early Action program is grounded in the belief that students should be free to choose among colleges until the Candidate's Reply Date. Accordingly, accepted students will have the same reply date (May 1) as all candidates.  In keeping with this principle, students applying under the Early Action program may not apply to any binding Early Decision programs [author’s note: ED as well as EDII programs are meant here] since they then would not be free to choose Georgetown if admitted. Students are welcome to apply to other Early Action programs or other Regular Decision programs while at the same time applying to Georgetown’s Early Action program.

            Howard University

            Trinity Washington University

 

 

 

FLORIDA

 

         Eckerd College

            Palm Beach Atlantic University

            University of Miami [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of Tampa

 

GEORGIA

 

         Agnes Scott College

            Brewton-Parker College

            Georgia College and State University

            Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

            Georgia State University

            Mercer University

            Morehouse College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Oglethorpe University

            Spelman College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of Georgia

 

IDAHO

 

         College of Idaho

            Northwest Nazarene University

 

ILLINOIS

 

         DePaul University

            Illinois College

            Illinois Institute of Technology

            Illinois Wesleyan University

            Knox College

            Lake Forest College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            School of the Art Institute of Chicago

            University of Chicago

            Wheaton College

 

INDIANA

 

         Butler University

            DePauw University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Earlham College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Grace College

            Hanover College

            Purdue University

            Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

            Taylor University

            University of Evansville

            University of Notre Dame

            Wabash College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

IOWA

 

         Coe College

            Cornell College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Wartburg College

 

KENTUCKY

 

            Bellarmine College

            Centre College [also supports an Early Decision and EDII plans]

            Georgetown College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Transylvania University

 

LOUISIANA

 

         Centenary College of Louisiana

Dillard College

Tulane University

Xavier University of Louisiana

 

MAINE

 

         Maine College of Art

            Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

            Thomas College

            Unity College in Maine

            University of Maine

            University of Maine at Farmington

            University of Maine at Machias

            University of New England

 

MARYLAND

 

         Goucher College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Hood College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Loyola University in Maryland

            McDaniel College

            Mount Saint Mary’s University

            Salisbury University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Saint John’s College

            University of Maryland Baltimore County

            University of Maryland College Park

            Washington College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

         Assumption College

            Babson College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Bay Path College

            Becker College

            Bentley University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Berklee College of Music

            Boston College [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

A student applying Early Action to Boston College may apply to other Early Action programs;
A student applying to a binding Early Decision II program may apply Early Action to Boston College;
A student applying to a binding Early Decision program may not apply Early Action to Boston College

 

            Bridgewater State University

            Clark University

            Curry College

            Dean College

            Emerson College

            Emmanuel College

            Framingham State University

            Gordon College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Hampshire College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges [restrictive plan—below is the statement from

the website of the university:

 

            You may apply Early Action to any public college/university

or to foreign universities;

You may not apply Early Action or Early Decision to any private institutions in the United States;

 

            Lasell College

Lesley University

            Massachusetts College of Art and Design

            Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

            Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

            Massachusetts Maritime Academy

            Merrimack College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Montserrat College of Art

            Nichols College

            Northeastern University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Regis College

            Salem State University

            Simmons College

            Stonehill College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Suffolk University

            University of Massachusetts at Amherst

            University of Massachusetts at Lowell

            Wheaton College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Wheelock College

            Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

 

MICHIGAN

 

         Albion College

         Hillsdale College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Kalamazoo College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Michigan State University

            University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

 

MINNESOTA

 

         College of Saint Benedict

            Gustavus Adolphus College

            Hamline University

            Minneapolis College of Art and Design

            Saint John’s University

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

         Millsaps College

 

MISSOURI

 

         Stephens College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

MONTANA

 

            Carroll College

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

         Colby-Sawyer College

         Rivier College

            Saint Anselm College

            Southern New Hampshire College

            University of New Hampshire

 

NEW JERSEY

 

         Bloomfield College

            Caldwell University

            Georgian Court University

            Monmouth University

            Montclair State University

            Princeton University [restrictive plan—below is the statement from the

website of the university:

 

You may not apply to an early program at any other private college or university, but you may apply early to any public institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding;

You may apply to any international institution, as long as the decision is nonbinding;

You may apply to any college with a nonbinding rolling admission process

 

            Ramapo College of New Jersey

            Rider University

            Rutgers University (all campuses)

            Saint Peter’s University

            Seton Hall University

            William Paterson University of New Jersey

 

NEW MEXICO

 

         Saint John’s College

 

NEW YORK

 

         Adelphi University

            Bard College

            College of Mount Saint Vincent

            College of Saint Rose

            Concordia College

            Dowling College

            Fordham University

            Hofstra University

            Iona College

            Ithaca College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            LIM College

            LeMoyne College

            Marist College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Mercy College

            Molloy College

            Nazareth College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            New York Institute of Technology

            Pace University, New York City

            Pace University, Briarcliff/Pleasantville

            Parsons The New School for Design

            Pratt Institute

            Siena College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland

            SUNY College at New Paltz

            SUNY College at Oneonta

            SUNY College at Purchase

            SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome

            SUNY University at Albany

            SUNY University at Binghamton

            The King’s College

            The Sage Colleges

            Wells College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

         Elon University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Greensboro College

            Guilford College

            High Point University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Lenoir-Rhyne College

            North Carolina State University

            Piedmont International University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Queens University of Charlotte

            University of North Carolina at Asheville

            University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

            University of North Carolina at Charlotte

            University of North Carolina at Greensboro

            University of North Carolina at Wilmington

            Western Carolina University

            William Peace University

 

 

 

 

OHIO

 

         Case Western Reserve University [also supports an Early Decision

                                                                                    and ED II plan]

            Cleveland Institute of Art

            College of Wooster [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Columbus College of Art and Design

            John Carroll University

            Miami University of Ohio [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Ohio Wesleyan University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of Akron

University of Dayton

            Wittenberg University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

 

OKLAHOMA

        

University of Tulsa

 

OREGON

 

            George Fox University

            Lewis and Clark College

            Linfield College

            Oregon State University

            University of Oregon

            Willamette University

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

         Dickinson College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Drexel University

            Duquesne University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            LaSalle University

            Lycoming College

            Saint Joseph’s University

            Susquehanna University [restrictive plan—applicant may apply EA

                        only if s/he has a legacy with Susquehanna; also

supports an Early Decision plan]

            Temple University

            University of Scranton

            Ursinus College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Villanova University

            Washington and Jefferson College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Westminster College

 

 

PUERTO RICO

 

         University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla

            University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

         Bryant University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Providence College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Roger Williams University

            Salve Regina University

            University of Rhode Island

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

         College of Charleston

            Erskine College

            Furman University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Presbyterian College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            University of South Carolina at Columbia

            Wofford College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

           

TENNESSEE

 

         Fisk University

            Rhodes College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            University of the South (Sewanee) [also supports an Early Decision and ED

II plans]

 

TEXAS

 

         Abilene Christian University

            Austin College

            Baylor University

            Southern Methodist University [also supports and Early Decision and ED

II plans]

            Southwestern University

            Tarleton State University

            Texas Christian University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Trinity University [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            University of Dallas

            University of Saint Thomas

 

 

 

UTAH

 

         Neumont University

 

VERMONT

 

         Bennington College [also supports an Early Decision and ED II plans]

            Green Mountain College

Lyndon State College

            Marlboro College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Saint Michael’s College

 

            Sterling College

            University of Vermont

 

VIRGINIA

 

         Christendom College

            Christopher Newport University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Emory and Henry College

            George Mason University

            Hampden-Sydney College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Hampton University

            Hollins University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            James Madison University

            Longwood University

            Old Dominion University

            Patrick Henry College

            Radford University

            Randolph College

            Randolph-Macon College

            University of Mary Washington

            University of Virginia

            University of Virginia College at Wise

           

WASHINGTON

 

         Gonzaga University

            Northwest University

            Seattle Pacific University

            Seattle University

            Whitworth University

 

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

         Shepherd University

 

WISCONSIN

 

         Beloit College [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Lawrence University [also supports an Early Decision plan]

            Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

 

 

            This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board and former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee (2007-2010).  Sources consulted included The College Handbook, 2015 by the College Board; individual college websites; the College Board Common Data Set; and various college admissions offices by telephone.  As is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and be certain to double check with individual admissions offices

           

 

 

Thanks to Cigus Vanni who compiled this stunning list of US colleges offering Early decision plans. As he said, “Distribution trumps attribution.” The Collegeboard explains that “Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college.”

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES WITH BINDING EARLY DECISION ADMISSION PLANS

 

[last modified July 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM]

 

ARIZONA

 

            Prescott College

 

CALIFORNIA

 

         Biola University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

         California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

            Claremont McKenna College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Harvey Mudd College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Occidental College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Pitzer College

            Pomona College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Santa Clara University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Scripps College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of San Francisco [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

COLORADO

 

         Colorado College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

 

CONNECTICUT

 

         Connecticut College [also supports an ED II plan]

         Fairfield University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mitchell College

            Quinnipiac University

            Sacred Heart University

            Trinity College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wesleyan University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

            American University [also supports an ED II plan]

            George Washington University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

FLORIDA

 

         Flagler College

            Florida Southern College

            Rollins College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stetson University

            University of Miami [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

GEORGIA

 

         Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Georgia Southwestern State University

            Morehouse College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oxford College of Emory University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Spelman College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wesleyan College [also supports an ED II plan]

           

ILLINOIS

 

            Lake Forest College [also supports an Early Action plan and

an ED II plan]

Moody Bible Institute

            Northwestern University

            Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

            Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

 

INDIANA

 

            DePauw University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Earlham College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Saint Mary’s College

            Wabash College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

IOWA

 

            Cornell College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Grinnell College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

KENTUCKY

 

            Centre College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Georgetown College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

MAINE

 

         Bates College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bowdoin College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Colby College [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Atlantic [also supports an ED II plan]

            Maine Maritime Academy

 

MARYLAND

 

         Goucher College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hood College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Johns Hopkins University

            Maryland Institute College of Art

Saint Mary’s College of Maryland [also supports an ED II plan]

Salisbury University [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

University of Baltimore

            Washington College [also supports an Early Action plan and

an ED II plan]

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

         Amherst College

            Babson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Bentley University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Boston University

            Brandeis University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of the Holy Cross

            Gordon College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hampshire College [also supports an Early Acton plan

and an ED II plan]

            Merrimack College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Mount Holyoke College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Northeastern University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Smith College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Springfield College

            Stonehill College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Tufts University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wellesley College

            Wheaton College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            Williams College

 

MICHIGAN

 

         Hillsdale College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Kalamazoo College [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

 

 

 

MINNESOTA

 

         Carleton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Macalester College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Saint Olaf College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

            Mississippi College

 

MISSOURI

 

         Cox College

         Stephens College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington University in Saint Louis

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

         Dartmouth College

 

NEW JERSEY

 

            Drew University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Stevens Institute of Technology [also supports an ED II plan]

            The College of New Jersey

 

NEW YORK

 

         Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

            Alfred University

            Barnard College

            Clarkson University

            Colgate University [also supports an ED II plan]

            College of New Rochelle

            Columbia University

            Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

            Cornell University

            Elmira College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Eugene Lang College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Five Towns College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hamilton College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Hartwick College

            Hobart and William Smith Colleges [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ithaca College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Jewish Theological Seminary of America [also supports an ED II plan]

            Manhattan College

            Manhattanville College

            Maria College

            Marist College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Nazareth College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            New York University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Polytechnic Institute of New York University

            Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [also supports an ED II plan]

            Rochester Institute of Technology

            Saint John Fisher College

            Saint Lawrence University

            Sarah Lawrence College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Siena College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Skidmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            State University of New York (SUNY) College at Buffalo

            SUNY College at Fredonia

            SUNY College at Geneseo

            SUNY College at Old Westbury

            SUNY College at Oswego

            SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

            SUNY Maritime College

            SUNY University at Buffalo

            Syracuse University

            Union College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Rochester

            Vassar College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Wagner College

            Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

            Wells College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

            Davidson College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Duke University

         Elon University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            High Point University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Meredith College

            Piedmont International University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wake Forest University

            Warren Wilson College

 

OHIO

 

            Case Western Reserve University [also supports an Early Action plan  

                                                                                    and an ED II plan]

            College of Wooster [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

            Denison University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Kenyon College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Miami University of Ohio [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Oberlin College and Conservatory [also supports an ED II plan]

            Ohio Wesleyan University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wittenberg University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

OREGON

 

         Reed College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

         Allegheny College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bryn Mawr College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Bucknell University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Carnegie Mellon University [also supports an ED II plan]

         Dickinson College [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

Duquesne University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Franklin and Marshall College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Gettysburg College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Grove City College

            Haverford College

            Juniata College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lafayette College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Lehigh University [also supports an ED II plan]

            Moravian College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Muhlenberg College

            Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

            Susquehanna University [also supports a restrictive Early Action plan]

            Swarthmore College [also supports an ED II plan]

            University of Pennsylvania

            Ursinus College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Washington and Jefferson College [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

PUERTO RICO

 

         University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

         Brown University

Bryant University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

Providence College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Rhode Island School of Design

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

            Furman University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Presbyterian College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Wofford College [also supports an Early Action plan]

           

TENNESSEE

 

            Rhodes College [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

            University of The South [also supports an ED II plan and

an Early Action plan]

            Vanderbilt University [also supports an ED II plan]

 

TEXAS

 

         Rice University

            Southern Methodist University [also supports an Early Action plan

                                                                        and an ED II plan]

            Texas Christian University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Trinity University [also supports an ED II plan and an Early Action plan]

           

 

VERMONT

 

         Bennington College [also supports an Early Action plan

and an ED II plan]

            Champlain College [also supports an ED II plan]

            Marlboro College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Middlebury College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

VIRGINIA

 

            Christopher Newport University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            College of William and Mary

            Hampden-Sydney College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Hollins University [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lynchburg College

            Roanoke College

            University of Richmond [also supports an ED II plan]

            Virginia Intermont College

            Virginia Military Institute

            Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

            Washington and Lee University [also supports an ED II plan]

           

WASHINGTON

 

         University of Puget Sound [also supports an ED II plan]

            Whitman College [also supports an ED II plan]

 

 

WISCONSIN

 

            Beloit College [also supports an Early Action plan]

            Lawrence University [also supports an Early Action plan]

 

 

 

            This list was compiled by Cigus Vanni, a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling Executive Board and former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee (2007-2010).  Sources consulted included The College Handbook, 2015 by the College Board; individual college websites; the College Board Common Data Set; and various college admissions offices by telephone.  As is the case with all aspects of college admission, use lists as guides and be certain to double check with individual admissions offices

           

 

 

Absolutely asinine ranking

Rankings are the bane of most college counselors existance. Most of us understand why people use them, but wish more people would look under the hood at the methodology or at least take a closer look with a healthy dose of skeptism. Unofrtunately, when major news outlets like USA Today publish nonse like this top 10 business schools, we have moved further away from the informed consumer. Partnering with College Factual, USA Today aims to provide  ”a list of the top 10 U.S. business schools to help you narrow down your college search — the first step to possibly becoming the next Warren Buffett (who studied at the University of Pennsylvania, among others).”  The only problem? The list is full of nonsense. 

 

USA Today/College Factual

1. University of Pennsylvania

2. Bentley University

3. University of California-Berkeley

4. United States Military Academy

5. United States Air Force Academy

6. Georgetown University

7. University of Southern California

8. Bucknell University

9. Washington and Lee University.

10. Bryant University

Niether the airforce academy nor Westpoint offer business. Berkeley offers a wonderful business program but it does not start until thrid year. Consider their list compared against USNEWS and Business week:

 

USA Today/College Factual

Business Week

US News

1. University of Pennsylvania

University of Notre Dame

Mendoza College of Business

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

 

2. Bentley University

University of Virginia

McIntire School of Commerce

#2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

#2

University of California–Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

#2

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

3. University of California-Berkeley

Cornell University

Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

 

4. United States Military Academy

Boston College

Carroll School of Management

 

5. United States Air Force Academy

Washington University, St. Louis

Olin Business School

#5

New York University

New York, NY

#5

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

#7

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

6. Georgetown University

University of Texas, Austin

McCombs School of Business

 

7. University of Southern California

University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School

 

8. Bucknell University

Indiana University

Kelley School of Business

#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

#8

University of Texas–Austin

Austin, TX

 

9. Washington and Lee University.

Emory University

Goizueta Business School

 

10. Bryant University

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kenan-Flagler Business School

#10

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

#10

Indiana University–Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre

 

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List of Higher Education Commisions by state

Some high profile state planning sites. Some require registrations. 

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