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College Admissions Chaos: What Happens Now?

College Admissions Chaos: What Happens Now?

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to ban racial preference in college admissions has ignited a myriad of emotions and reactions across the nation. The ruling has significantly reshaped the higher education landscape, challenging long-held beliefs, systems, and structures in place since the late 1960s. This shift has intensified debates on how to achieve racial parity in college admissions, forcing institutions, students, and families to navigate a rapidly changing terrain, filled with mixed messages and unprecedented challenges.

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Some parents opting for rural life to get kids into Ivy League

Some parents opting for rural life to get kids into Ivy League

Christopher Rim, CEO of Command Education, highlighted the skewed competition in metropolitan areas like New York City, where numerous students from elite private schools compete for the same prestigious colleges. Conversely, in states like Arkansas, not every student is aiming for Ivy League institutions. Rim criticizes the admissions process, noting inherent disparities based on school type, labeling it as “designed to be unfair.”

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A college counselor said a parent offered him $1.5 million to deny service to their child’s classmates — highlighting the cut-throat battle for Ivy League admissions

A college counselor said a parent offered him $1.5 million to deny service to their child’s classmates — highlighting the cut-throat battle for Ivy League admissions

Wealthy parents are spending up to $1 million, hoping to secure Ivy League acceptance for their children. Christopher Rim’s Command Education charges $750,000 for six years of college counseling. Some parents even offer exclusivity deals worth more than the service fee. Despite the high costs, Rim doesn’t promise Ivy League admissions, as acceptance rates, like Harvard’s, drop below 4%. The demand remains high, with Command Education’s client slots frequently selling out.

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Desperate NYC parents spending millions, lying, moving across the country to get kids into Ivy League

Desperate NYC parents spending millions, lying, moving across the country to get kids into Ivy League

The college admissions frenzy has escalated, with parents spending up to $1.5 million on elite consultancy and even relocating for better odds. Christopher Rim of Command Education highlights the growing desperation, revealing parents approach him for students as young as second grade. Meanwhile, Ivy League admissions rates plummet, intensifying global competition. Rim criticizes the broken system, even as he navigates its complexities.

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Ultra-Rich Buy Ultra-Luxury Counseling to Get Kids Into Harvard

Ultra-Rich Buy Ultra-Luxury Counseling to Get Kids Into Harvard

Sooner or later, every parent asks Christopher Rim the same question: What will it take to get my kid into Harvard or Yale?
His answer: $750,000.
That’s Rim’s going rate for advice on landing a coveted spot in the Ivy League for students who want to start college prep in the 7th grade. The price is more than twice what it can cost to actually attend one of those eight elite schools.

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One Thing Parents Won’t Cut From Budgets: Extracurricular Activities

One Thing Parents Won’t Cut From Budgets: Extracurricular Activities

The Supreme Court’s June decision outlawing affirmative action could put even more emphasis on extracurricular activities to make a student stand out, said Christopher Rim, chief executive of Command Education, an elite-college consulting firm in New York that advises students on their college applications.

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ChatGPT can get you through college, but there’s one essay it can’t help with—and it has to do with the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

ChatGPT can get you through college, but there’s one essay it can’t help with—and it has to do with the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

ChatGPT’s essays “tell” rather than “show,” education consultant Christopher Rim wrote, meaning it spells out the takeaway of the story rather than utilizing literary techniques, like characterization and imagery, to allow readers to glean their own takeaway—the exact opposite of the golden rule for effective narrative writing: “Show, don’t tell.”

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College consultants reveal their top tips to gain Ivy League admission

College consultants reveal their top tips to gain Ivy League admission

College admissions consultants share their top tips for gaining admission to Ivy League schools. They emphasize the importance of starting early, showcasing a specialized hook or passion, and crafting a compelling personal statement. Consultants advise students to cultivate relationships with teachers and school counselors for strong letters of recommendation.

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Some Schools See Opening in Affirmative-Action Ruling

Some Schools See Opening in Affirmative-Action Ruling

Within an hour of the decision, Asian-American clients began calling Christopher Rim, founder and CEO of Command Education in New York, which counsels students for college admissions.

Rim said the first call came from a Korean-American student who said he wanted to broaden his list of schools to include some in the Ivy League—a range he had previously not thought he would try.

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