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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4

Fri, Sep 04, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

College Admissions NewsSAT Scores Drop to Lowest Level in 10 Years, ACT Writing Test Changes Coming This Month

Before you head off for the Labor Day weekend, catch up on the latest higher education and college admissions news!
 
It’s already September, and for many students it’s the last weekend before they head back to school! The college application season will be in full-swing, and one of the most important things that families will need to do this fall is stay abreast of the news and changes in the college admissions process this fall.
 
At IvyWise, we aim to take a little pressure off the college application process by helping families stay informed with our weekly news roundup.
 
Here are some of the top stories in college admissions and higher education news from this past week!
 
  1. The College Board released SAT score data for the class of 2015, and it was not pretty. According to report, the average score for the Class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400 – a seven point drop from the class of 2014 and the lowest score in 10 years. This echoes last week’s ACT score data, which showed scores on the rival college entrance exam also showed no improvement from the year before.
  2. Planning to take the Sept. 12 ACT? If you’re taking the writing test, it will look a lot different. The ACT announced a while back that the optional writing test would undergo a change, and the new test will be first administered on the Sept. 12 test. Here are the changes coming to the ACT writing test this month.
  3. It’s smart to start college prep early, but not too early that students feel overwhelmed. Dr. Kat spoke with DuJour magazine about what students can be doing in 8th grade to prepare for high school and the college admissions process without inducing anxiety.
  4. The Harvard Crimson has released its annual freshman survey, giving some insight into the Harvard class of 2019.
  5. Could Cooper Union go back to being tuition free? A new plan announced by New York State’s attorney general could put the institution back on the path to being free.
  6. 100 year ago college was A LOT cheaper. See what some of the most expensive schools in the US cost in 1915.
  7. College students rejoice! Chipotle is starting a new college delivery program.
  8. In other college food news, Tulane University is the first college in the US to offer a food truck as part of its student meal plan.
What do you think of the drop in SAT scores? Were you aware of the changes to the ACT writing test? Tell us in the comments below!
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