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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 3-7

Fri, Aug 07, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

College Admissions News2014-16 Common Application Opens, Survey Finds 44% Of Students Don’t Think Their School Helped Them Enough In the College Admissions Process

It might still be summer break for many students across the country, but the college admissions season has already started! Now it’s more important than ever for families to stay informed on the latest college admissions news.
 
So far, the opening of the Common Application has been smooth, with few complaints. Many students are already hard at work on their essays and applications, hoping to knock out the bulk of the writing before they head back to school this fall.
 
For high school seniors and their parents, this can be the start of an exciting and sometimes stressful journey. At IvyWise, we want the college application process to be an enjoyable experience, and we aim to make it a little more manageable for families by helping them stay informed on the higher education news that might impact their admissions goals.
 
Here are some of the top stories in higher education and admissions news from this past week:
 
  1. The college admissions season has officially started with the opening of the Common Application last weekend. Here are the Common Application changes that parents and students need to be aware of, the Common Application’s essay prompts, and a selection of school-specific supplement questions.
  2. “Results from a College and Career Readiness survey of 165,000 high school students conducted by YouthTruth found that about 44 percent of students don't believe their schools have helped them apply to college.”
  3. If you’re applying to college this fall, you might have to answer some strange college essay prompts. Here are some of the quirkiest prompts from this year’s Common App.
  4. Our August newsletter came out this month! In this month’s edition: Part two of our two-part Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT series, five tips to help you write a great personal statement, and changes to the 2015-16 Common Application.
  5. Not sure what to take to college with you this fall? Here’s what to pack and what to leave behind.
  6. College bound freshmen also need to know how to manage their finances on campus. Here are some money tips for college freshmen.
  7. “Connecticut announced on Thursday that all 11th graders in the state’s public schools would soon be required to take the SAT college admissions tests, replacing an existing statewide exam amid widespread concern that the nation’s students are tested too much.”
  8. Startup AdmitSee, which allows users to see successful admissions essays from students admitted to some of the country’s top colleges, collected data on some of the most common words found in successful essays from certain colleges. “The words "cancer," "difficult," "hard," and "tough" were more common in essays at Harvard, while "happy," "passion," "better," and "improve" were more common at Stanford.”
  9. What’s something interesting that might give you an edge at Cornell? Coming from a farming background.
  10. One unique way to pay for college: Frequent flier miles.
What are your goals for this admissions season? Are you answering any weird or quirky essay prompts? Tell us in the comments below!
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