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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 8-12

Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 11:36 AM

UPenn Score ChoiceUPenn to Allow Score Choice, ACT and SAT Face More Security Problems


As the summer starts to wind down, many students are preparing for the college admissions process this fall. It’s important to stay informed on the latest college admissions and higher education news, and we have everything you need to know right here!

At IvyWise, we want to make applying to college as painless and enjoyable as possible! While it can be a stressful and time-consuming experience, staying informed on the latest news, trends, and tips can help alleviate some of the stress that comes with applying to college. That is why we aim to bring you the latest news and information every week.

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

  1. It was revealed this week that the University of Pennsylvania will now allow applicants to use Score Choice, meaning they can choose which SAT or ACT scores they report to the college when applying for admission. Previously, Penn required applicants to submit all scores from every sitting of the ACT or SAT. Penn was previously known for having one of the more strict score reporting policies for applicants, so the change could pave the way for more students to apply this fall.
  2. As the SAT struggles to curb cheating overseas and the leak of questions on new tests, the ACT is also struggling with its own security problems. It was recently revealed that cheating was a huge problem in a program ran by the testing agency, and now the ACT is taking steps to fix the problem.
  3. If you missed our #ChatIvyWise talk on Twitter last week we have a roundup of the conversation here! IvyWise counselor Nat answered questions about the Common Application, the Coalition application, how many schools to apply to, and more!
  4. Cornell University is going to have one of the youngest college freshmen this year. A 12-year-old is starting his undergraduate degree at the Ivy League university this fall.
  5. Love Pokemon Go? Students at this college can play it for credit!
  6. Parents: What do you wish you knew before you went off to college? Some successful graduates weigh in.
  7. When you’re working on your college applications this fall try to avoid these common mistakes.

What do you think of Penn’s new score reporting policy? Do you have any advice for students starting college this fall? Tell us in the comments below!

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