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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 17-21

Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

College Admissions NewsThe Most Lucrative College Majors Are in Male-Dominated Fields, Job Outlook Positive For Recent College Graduates

As August begins to come to a close, it’s time for students to get serious about their back to school plans, college prep, and staying informed on the latest higher education news.
 
Information is the ticket to success when preparing for college admissions, and with such an evolving landscape, it’s imperative that students and parents stay in the loop with the latest college admissions changes, news, and developments. At IvyWise, we try to make this easier by bringing families the latest admissions news every Friday.
 
Here are some of the top stories in higher education and college admissions news from this past week:
 
  1. What are some of the most lucrative college majors? Look in male-dominated fields. This data shows that those who study male-dominated majors generally earn more after college than those who study majors that are dominated by women.
  2. A new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that 2.9 million of the 6.6 million jobs added in the recovery were "good jobs" providing high pay and, in many cases, benefits. This is good news for college graduates, and debunks the conventional wisdom that many of the recovery jobs were low-paying, part-time service jobs.
  3. One way to ensure students have a successful school year is to set some goals at the beginning of the semester. Here are some back to school resolutions for high school students to consider this fall.
  4. Love ‘Game of Thrones’? Students at UC – Berkeley got to take a class on the popular HBO show this summer.
  5. Don’t have the best test scores? This MONEY piece highlights the prevalence of test-optional colleges and how other aspects of your application can make up for lackluster ACT or SAT performance.
  6. A rising social network lets students see successful college admissions essays from some of the top colleges in the country – for a price.
  7. “Utah State University is set to become the first school in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree that will allow students to design and construct outdoor products, as well as apparel.”
  8. What’s the world like according to this year’s incoming college freshmen? The 2015 Beloit Mindset List has some insight.
  9. One of the biggest changes coming to the SAT next year: more emphasis on graphic literacy.
What college majors are you considering? Are you setting any back to school resolutions? Tell us in the comments below!
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