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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 25-29

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

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Seniors: Have you decided where you’re going to college yet? Juniors: Are you ready to start the college admissions process? There’s a lot to keep up with, and we have the college admissions news you need to know right here!

Staying informed is the key to a successful college admissions experience, and with everything else going on it can be hard to stay on top of the latest news and developments in college admissions and higher education. At IvyWise, we aim to make it easier to stay informed by bringing you the top news stories every Friday!

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

  1. “Employers plan to hire 5.2% more recent graduates this year than in 2015, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.” This is good news for the Class of 2016.
  2. The Common Application and the forthcoming Coalition application have already announced their essay prompts for the 2016-17 application season. Good news for students who want to get a head start on their applications this summer.
  3. “The average performance of the nation’s high school seniors dropped in math from 2013 to 2015, but held steady in reading, according to results of a biennial test released Wednesday.”
  4. Ready for college visits? Here’s what, and what not, to do while visiting college campuses this spring and summer.
  5. In other college application news for current juniors: The Common Application and the Universal Application will offer more gender identity options for applicants starting this fall. It remains to be seen what options will be available on the Coalition application.
  6. New book sheds some light on how the ranking race affects some colleges – and it’s generally negative.
  7. Summer programs are a great way to learn, explore an interest, and have a productive summer. But it’s important to remember that they do not guarantee admission if you choose to apply to the host school your senior year.

What do you think about this year’s Common Application and Coalition application essay prompts? Tell us in the comments below!

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