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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 22-26

Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:43 AM

sat_subject_test_requirements.jpgSome Colleges Drop SAT Subject Test Requirements, More Students Taking the ACT

 

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and we’re here to help college bound students start their fall off right by bringing them the latest college admissions and higher education news that they need to know.

As students begin to head back to class, it’s important that they’re prepared, not only for the school year ahead, but also for the college prep process. Staying on track is key to gaining admission to your top-choice colleges, and one way to get ahead is to stay informed on the latest college admissions trends, news, and developments.

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

  1. Some highly selective colleges are starting to drop their SAT Subject Test requirement. From the Boston Globe: “In the past year, Amherst College, Dartmouth College, and Williams College all have dropped the subject test requirement, taking a lead from Columbia University, which announced the new policy this spring. Duke University and Vassar College also no longer require the tests, often called SAT II.” Many question the tests’ actual value in determining college-readiness. For many students, however, it can be a way to demonstrate knowledge in an area of interest.
  2. ACT data was released this week, revealing that “64 percent of high school seniors in the Class of 2016 took the ACT this year, up from 59 percent last year and 52 percent in 2012.” With the increase in the number of students taking the test came a decrease in the average composite score. The average composite score of graduating high school seniors this year was 20.8, down 0.2 points from the year before.
  3. Not sure if you’re taking the right classes this year? We have some tips on the IvyWise blog to help students choose the right high school courses for their needs and goals.
  4. As college freshmen arrive on campus, we’re getting a look at the class of 2020! Check out this survey of Yale’s incoming freshman class.
  5. More and more celebrities are becoming guest lecturers and professors at elite colleges. The latest: Tyra Banks at Stanford!
  6. Which college do you think got the most medals at the Rio Olympics?
  7. We’re hosting another Twitter chat next month! Tune into #ChatIvyWise Sept. 26 at 6 pm ET to have your questions about early decision applications answered by IvyWise counselor Rachel!

What do you think of schools dropping SAT Subject Test requirements? Do you plan to take the ACT this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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