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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 6-10

Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

better_ivy_league_pennantsStudents Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Colleges, Starbucks Expands Free College Education Program

As the initial admissions mania begins to wane for current high school seniors, a new round of excitement begins: choosing which college to attend! As seniors continue to weigh their options and send in enrollment deposits (most have until May 1 to decide) the focus starts to shift to current juniors and the start of their admissions journey later this summer.
 
No matter where you are in the admissions process, it’s important to stay informed on the latest higher education news and developments. This helps families know what to expect during the process, and enables them to make informed decisions when it comes times to apply to college. At IvyWise, we aim to make this easier by bringing you the latest college news every Friday.
 
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week:
 
  1. These students didn’t just get into an Ivy League college – they got into all of them! Munira Khalif in Minnesota, Harold Ekah in Long Island, Stefan Stoykov in Indianapolis, Pooja Chandrashekar in Virginia, and Ronald Nelson in Tennessee were all accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, especially since Ivy Leagues reported admission rates as low as 5.3% this year. Not only did they get into every Ivy League, these students also gained admission to other highly-selective universities including Stanford, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Vanderbilt, just to name a few.
  2. Starbucks announced this week it’s expanding its free college tuition plan for employees. Now employees in the program can earn a four-year degree through ASU’s online degree program.
  3. LinkedIn announced this week that it's purchasing lynda.com, an online course portal, for $1.5 billion. This is expected to give LinkedIn users access to an array of educational videos, expanding the social network's higher education offerings.
  4. For those outside the US who are interested in attending a US university, we have the ultimate International Guide, which gives valuable insight into the US admissions process. Check it out here!
  5. Make sure to set a budget before heading off to college! A new study found that college students are becoming more reckless when it comes to spending and money management.
  6. The University of Mississippi is offering a personal finance course to help students (especially athletes) better manage their money. Here’s a look at the curriculum.
  7. More colleges are expanding their alternative admission programs – where applicants to the fall class are instead accepted for the spring term or some other alternate program. The University of Florida is the latest to employ this tactic, with 3,100 students who applied to the fall 2015 class were instead admitted to an online program for their first year. The problem? Students weren’t alerted that this was a possible admission outcome when they applied.
  8. “Auburn University says it accidentally made the Social Security numbers of 364,012 people openly accessible online.” Those who were affected will be notified by mail and given free identity protection.
What are your thoughts on this week’s college admissions news? Tell us in the comments below!
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