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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 18-22

Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Coalition application and locker updateUpdates on the Coalition Locker and Application, Some 2016-17 College Essay Prompts Announced

 

The May 1 enrollment deadline is right around the corner, and as the admissions process wraps up for current high school seniors, attention is now turning toward the next round of applicants.

Staying informed is one of the best things that students and parents can do when preparing for the college admissions process. The admissions landscape is constantly changing, and information is the key to success. At IvyWise we aim to make this a little easier by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday.

Here are some of the top stories in higher education and college admissions news from this past week.

  1. The Coalition’s locker is expected to launch before the end of the month, and anxious counselors, students, and parents have been wondering how this will impact the upcoming admissions cycle. It was recently reported that many of the Coalition’s member colleges won’t be using the application for the first year – leaving many to wonder if this shows a lack of confidence in the platform’s initial launch. The application portion of the platform isn’t expected to open until later this summer.
  2. It was announced earlier this year that the Common Application will be reusing the same essay prompts for the 2016-17 application, and since then a few schools have begun to announce their essay prompts for the next admissions cycle. The University of California announced this week that it’s changing up its essay requirements. UC will no longer have two personal statement prompts. Instead, applicants will choose new Personal Insight Questions. The University of Texas has also updated its essay requirements for the 2016-17 admissions cycle. Those applying to the university will be required to respond to Topic A on the ApplyTexas application, along with a second essay addressing topic B, C, D or S. Expect more colleges to release their application essay prompts in the coming months, as students begin to work on their essays over the summer.
  3. The College Board is fielding more scrutiny over its handling of the SAT, after another report surfaced that the testing agency gave compromised tests in the US. This comes on the heels of a separate report that the College Board administered exams it knew were compromised in Asia.
  4. Another year, another admissions blunder. This time the University at Buffalo accidentally sent 5,100 acceptance emails to denied students.
  5. Want to take better notes in class? Put away your laptop!
  6. Accepted? Rejected? Waitlisted? Dr. Kat stopped by the TODAY Show this week with the University of Pennsylvania’s Dean of Admission Eric Furda to give some tips to college bound high school seniors.
  7. Still deciding where to enroll? You only have a little over a week left to enroll! Here are some things to consider while making your decision.

Are you planning to explore the Coalition locker once it launches later this month? Have you decided where to go to college yet? Tell us in the comments below!

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