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Study of Elite College Admissions Data Suggests Being Very Rich is It's Own Qualification

Media Type | Podcast

“Parents rattle off that a kid got in because he was first chair in the orchestra, ran track,” said John Morganelli Jr., a former director of admissions at Cornell and founder of Ivy League Admissions, where he advises high school students on applying to college. “They never say what really happens: Did the guidance counselor advocate on that kid’s behalf?”

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Admissions Insights For Highly Selective Universities

Media Type | Podcast

Amy Seeley and Mike Bergin, Hosts of the College Admissions podcast “Tests and the Rest” featured John Morganelli Jr. to share admissions insights about college admissions at highly selective universities.


Lehigh University, Moravian College officials spell out what they look for in applicants

Media Type | Article

Ninety percent of students who apply to Lehigh University are academically qualified, says John Morganelli Jr., senior associate director of admissions. But before that fat acceptance letter arrives in the mail, the admissions staff wants to know if you have something else.

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A&S welcomes new director of admissions

Media Type | Article

John Morganelli Jr. has been named the new director of admissions for the College of Arts & Sciences. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all undergraduate admissions activities of the college — developing a plan to identify, recruit, select and yield the top applicants for whom Cornell is the best fit.

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Growing Ivy

Media Type | Book

Most students admitted to great universities engage in the learning process a bit differently. A former Ivy League Admissions Director provides insight into the difference between those qualified to get-in; and those who actually get-in.

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Former Ivy League Admissions Director Helps Students Crack the Code on College Applications Process in New Book

Media Type | Article

Colleges do not want well-rounded students; they seek a well-rounded class. There is a significant difference. That means universities often seek to admit great physics students, great violinists, great historians, great computer scientists, and together…

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