Exploring Educational Excellence — a symposium hosted by Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, and University of Chicago – recently stopped at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis. For the admissions representatives, it was a five-day, five-state tour originating in Chicago and ending in Detroit. These particular universities joined forces to reach a broad student-parent audience with their message about world-class research, need-blind admissions, and a commitment to a diverse student body. In the early minutes of the presentation, Reba McCutcheon of Cornell University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office asked the students to raise their hands if they brought a parent to the event. After all the hands went up, she then asked the students to applaud their parents. The staff of College Expert was present to catch the most important snippets from each university’s ten minute presentation.
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