What has long been somewhat of an underground college admissions sentiment is about to get a front page voice this week when Time Magazine hits the shelves with the cover story, Who Needs Harvard? Forget the Ivy League—The new rules of the game say the best fit is what matters.
Time didn’t exactly break this story. Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives (which they mention in the article) touted the potential benefits of schools that lack the Ivy League label, as did Jay Mathews’ Harvard Schmarvard and Lloyd Thacker’s College Unranked. In fact (darn it), Collegewise has been doing our part—it’s a little part, but it’s our part—telling every student and parent who will listen that the most selective schools aren’t necessarily the best.
But this week, newsstands will carry a mainstream media publication whose cover story will inspire something other than the usual college admissions anxiety and confusion. High school students and parents have been waiting a long time for this, and so have we.
It’s about Time.