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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 1-5

Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

college-application-form.jpg2016-17 Common Application Launch and Overview, More SAT Test Questions Leaked


The 2016-17 college application season has begun! Here’s what families need to know about the first week that many students are able to apply to college.

This was a big week for college admissions, with the opening of the 2016-17 Common Application and the launch of the 2016-17 Coalition Application. While many colleges have not yet opened their applications on these platforms, there are others that started accepting applications on Aug. 1. This is an exciting time for rising high school seniors, as they can get a head start on their college applications before the start of the school year.

At IvyWise, we want to make the college admissions process as smooth as possible for all families. That is why we bring 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 2016-16 Common Application opened this week! Students who created accounts before Aug. 1 have the option to roll over their accounts to the new platform, making for an easy transition into the new admissions season. For those wanting to get a head start on their college applications, here’s our guide to the 2016-17 Common Application with everything that parents and students need to know.
  2. The new Coalition Application also quietly opened this week. Remember: Only a handful of colleges will be using the Coalition app this year, and most are still using the Common Application in addition to the Coalition app. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2016-17 Coalition application.
  3. Speaking of schools using the Coalition Application, the University of Washington announced this week that, after careful consideration, they will NOT be using the Coalition application this fall. Instead, students can apply using the school’s CollegeNet app. This is big news, as the University of Washington planned to be a Coalition-exclusive college – meaning the Coalition application would be the ONLY way students could apply to the university.
  4. This was not a good week for the College Board, as a new report came out that a massive breach has exposed hundreds of SAT exam questions for upcoming tests.
  5. How are you preparing for the next school year? Dr. Kat Cohen wrote an essay for BEACH magazine with some tips to help parents get their kids ready for school this fall.
  6. Would you use a pizza ATM? Well students at Xavier University will have the chance!
  7. Every year colleges get more and more creative with their essay and application questions. We’ve rounded up some of the quirkiest and creative college application questions from this year’s apps!
  8. Big changes are coming to the FAFSA this year. Here’s what families need to know!
  9. Our August newsletter went out this week! In this month’s edition: 2016-17 Common Application guide, test prep tips for international applicants, 10 college visit tips for families this fall, and IvyWise counselor Rachel’s experience with City Year!
  10. We hosted a Twitter chat this week to answer questions students and parents had about the Common Application, essays, and more! Check out the conversation by searching for the #ChatIvyWise hashtag on Twitter!

Have you started on your college applications yet? What are you looking forward to this college application season? Tell us in the comments below!

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