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    A&S gave us sound advice on a range of positioning challenges, involving our key external constituencies. They were a solid partner, effectively working with us and presenting to our board.

    Evan Caminker, Dean, University of Michigan Law School

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    A&S's research and recommendations helped our school community coalesce around strategic initiatives that became top-drawer admissions and fundraising initiatives.

    Mary Moss, Former Assoc. Head, Institutional Development, Saint. Mary's School

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    I don’t think I would have been able to drive change without the solid market research A&S provided. A&S really helped us hone in on the major issue we had to address as an institution.

    Robert Wyatt, President, Coker College

Art & Science Group is the preeminent consulting firm providing market-informed strategy to higher education, independent schools, and the non-profit sector. Our work guides and advances clients’ strategic interests and critical investments.

The A&S Approach

How we address our clients’ challenges in four critical areas

  • Substance-Based Market Positioning is Needed Now More than Ever

    Over the past decade, College applications have steadily increased, according to annual studies published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. One factor in this increase is greater use of the common application. Another possible reason is general anxiety regarding increasing selectivity of top institutions. But as the above New York Times article points out, this anxiety is mostly based on shaky foundations; while many elite institutions like Harvard and Stanford have acceptance rates that hover around 5 and 7 percent, today's top students apply to such a wide range of these institutions that 80 percent get accepted to at least one of them, according to data from the website Parchment.com.

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  • Influence of US News and Other College Rankings

    Among the major findings from the latest issue of studentPOLLfocused on the influence of the national rankings on college choicetwo-thirds of students surveyed reported that US News and other college rankings influenced their college application decisions.

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