How many times have you heard college-bound 18-year-olds and their parents weave the randomness story about college admission?


"It's sheer luck."


"It's unfair."


"It's a roll of the dice."



But is it? As the public conversation circles the admission decisions rolling in, it's a good time to look at the way the cookie actually crumbles -- or how admission decisions are really made.


Here's what most...

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Does March Madness bring to mind college admissions instead of NCAA showdowns? Are you sick and tired of the status-mongering of college admission that brings $150-an-hour SAT test prep? Oh, and did you know there are more than 10 colleges in the United States worth applying to? Well, we've got a cure for what ails you - the excellent new book from New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Where You Go Is Not Who You...

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