Education: Ivy Harvest

In mailboxes across the country last week, the letter that brought whoops or wails finally arrived. It came from one of the East's eight Ivy League men's colleges or the Seven Sisters women's colleges. Some kids took it with aplomb. When Brian Silver, 17, slammed into the house from Denver's East High School, his mother handed him two letters. He opened them coolly and said: "I've been accepted by Yale and Harvard. I think I'll go to Harvard." His calm was rare. On Long Island, N.Y., Ciba Ruth Vaughan, 18, dragged nervously home from Great Neck North Senior High School, finally...

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