Why does everyone think it’s harder to get into a top college when it’s probably easier? The answer speaks to an emerging revolution in US education, and of a new student and educator mindset.

John Katzman is an education entrepreneur whose companies (The Princeton Review, 2U, and now Noodle) have helped transform college admissions and online learning.

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