Entries by Cardinal Education

How to Optimize Your Status as a Legacy for College Admissions

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in our four-part series Demographic Factors in College Admissions It is no secret that legacies, or applicants who already have familial ties to a college, are afforded a significant advantage in college admissions.  In fact, according to a study conducted by Harvard professor, Michael Hurwitz, legacies generally experience […]

College Tuition: Do You Get What You Pay For?

College tuition at most schools increases at a rate of 4-5% every year.  These days, this steady increase in cost has resulted in an enormous financial burden for middle and lower income families.  To provide equal educational opportunities for these families, colleges constantly strive to augment their financial aid budget and dole out thousands of […]

Can Athletics Help Me Get into College?

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in our four-part series Demographic Factors in College Admissions. In short, yes.  In fact, exceptional athletic talent and achievement can be the difference between a rejection and acceptance to high-caliber universities across the nation.  However, few student-athletes are aware of the numerous qualifications they must meet in order […]

How Important are SAT Scores to Colleges?

Claremont McKenna College announced in January that an admissions official had released inaccurate SAT score statistics in an effort to boost the school’s standing in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings. A college trying to game the rankings with false data is nothing new. In recent years, misleading information has been submitted by the […]

Planning Summer Break: Activities that Look Best on College Applications

It’s February, and schoolwork, clubs, and winter sports probably dominate your freshman, sophomore, or junior’s daily thoughts and routine.  Consequently, summer break may seem like a long way off. The fact is, however, summer activity opportunities are currently becoming available, and the rosters for these activities are already filling up.  In other words, now is […]