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Recommended Reading: Chronic Admission Stress is Unnecessary "Millions of American teenagers are chronically stressed out about their efforts to get into the most selective college possible....making it more difficult to reach their full potential due to the harm to their mental and physical well-being that stems from this stress. The good news, though, is that chronic college admission stress is based upon false assumptions and can be eliminated without negatively impacting your future success....."
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Financial Aid and Scholarships (11 &12)
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College & Career Research (11th)
Taming Admissions Anxiety Harvard Graduate School of Education
Opinion | How to Survive the College Admissions Madness The New york times
So You're Bummed Your Favorite College Said No Washington Post
The Order of Things: What College Rankings Really Tell Us The New Yorker
“So if your very bright, hard-working son or daughter has to ‘settle for’ Boston University because they were turned down by Harvard and MIT,” Becker says, “point out to them that they’ll have more top-5 percent math students at B.U. than at the other two universities combined. . . ." The notion that attending a slightly less selective school means going to college somewhere that there won’t be lots of other students who match up well with you intellectually is simply not true.