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AP Courses and Other Myths about What Colleges Really Want

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Admissions officers from five Massachusetts universities will tackle the stress over getting into college and talk about what they’re really seeking in a Jan. 29 panel for the Lexington community.
 
Getting into college is an obsession for many Lexington students and their parents – an obsession that starts as early as elementary school. For too many, it is assumed that college admissions offices admit students with the “most” – the most AP classes, the most extracurricular activities, the most summer internships and the like. The result is a lot of stressed out students and parents.  But are they right – is this what college admissions directors are looking for?
 
Moderated by Linda K. Wertheimer, former Boston Globe education editor and author of recent Globe magazine story, AP Classes, A Problem for Massachusetts High Schoolers?
 
Opened by Laura Lasa, Principal, Lexington High School
 
Panelists: Lee Coffin, Tufts University dean of undergraduate admissions; William Fitzsimmons, Harvard College dean of admissions; Kevin Kelly, UMass-Amherst’s director of admissions; John McEachern, Boston University’s director of admissions, and Stuart Schmill, MIT’s director of admissions.
 
The event is co-sponsored by the LHS PTSA, Diamond PTA, Clarke PTA, Lexington School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), Youth Services Council/Lexington Human Services Department, Lexington Education Foundation and the Collaborative to Reduce Student Stress.

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