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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 13-17

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

College Admissions NewsEmployers Plan to Hire More Recent College Grads This Year, Poll Finds Americans Still Value Higher Education

We’re less than two weeks away from the May 1 college enrollment deadline, and anxious high school seniors across the country and making their final decisions about where to go to college this fall. With all the madness there’s a lot to keep up with – especially higher education news.
 
As we draw closer to the May 1 deadline the focus shifts toward the current college graduating class and how their education translates into jobs. A lot of news this week centered on what employers are looking for and what it means for this year’s class. In general: the outlook is good. Want to know more? Read about this and more below!
 
Here are some of the top stories in college admissions and higher education from this past week:
  1. Good news for the class of 2015: “According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 9.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2014.”
  2. What degrees are employers looking for in 2015? The same survey found that engineering, business, and computer science degrees will be in the most demand this year.
  3. A new Gallup pool finds that generally Americans value higher education, however only 13% of survey participants think college grads are prepared for the workforce and on the whole respondents felt college is not that affordable.
  4. We all know social media is a powerful tool in the admissions process, and Cornell has decided to harness it for admitted students. Now students admitted to the Ivy League university have access to CUontheHill, a social media network that hopes to help students make a decision about whether to attend Cornell or not.
  5. Sad news for Davidson College students: The college famous for full-service laundry is cutting the service, so students will have to fold their clothes themselves. However, the machines on campus are still free, so there’s still a great perk.
  6. Have your thinking cap on? Put your college trivia knowledge to the test with this fun quiz!
  7. Calling all Pitch Perfect fans: A cappella groups are gaining popularity on college campuses.
  8. NBCNews launched a new series this week called “The Freshman Year Experience,” where 10 current high school seniors will document their college choice and journey through the start of their freshman year. Check it out here.
  9. Experts confirm what we already know: Harvard’s acceptance rate will continue to drop as more students apply to a higher number of colleges.
  10. How should MOOCs be weighed in the admissions process? Harvard takes a look at it.
  11. Don’t discount the liberal arts students just yet. Startup founders realize their value.
  12. LinkedIn’s purchase of Lynda.com may affect higher education more than some think.
What do you think of the job outlook for the class of 2015? Tell us in the comments below!
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