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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 14-18

Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

College Admissions NewsClass of 2020 Early Admission Rates, Tips for Deferred Students

Early decisions are still rolling out and we’re quickly closing in on the regular decision deadline. Seniors are in full college application completion mode, while many juniors are bracing for the New Year and the changes to the SAT that are coming with it. It’s important to stay on top of the latest developments in college admissions at this juncture in the college prep process, and we’re here to make that a little easier with our weekly news roundup.

Much of the talk this week was regarding early decisions, early admit rates, and what students should do if they were deferred or denied admission to their early college. As seniors get ready to cross the application finish line, focus is shifting towards juniors and their college prep plans for the spring.

At IvyWise we believe that information is key to a successful admissions process. With everything else going on it can be hard to stay informed on the constantly changing admissions landscape, so we try to make that easier by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every week!

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

  1. As colleges released early decisions last and this week, they also gave some insight into what the Class of 2020 will look like and just how many students were admitted. Stanford and MIT reported some of the lowest early admit rates, at 9.5% and 8.5% respectively. Middlebury and Williams posted some of the highest early admit rates, at 53% and 42%, respectively. Harvard admitted 14.8% of early applicants, a slightly lower rate than last year. Check out additional early admit rates for the Class of 2020 here, including some insight in application numbers and how many students were deferred.
  2. Speaking of deferrals, there were a lot this year. Harvard deferred 4,673 early applicants – 75% of students who applied in the early round – Brown deferred 1,905 – about 63% of early applicants – and MIT deferred 4,776 – 61% – of early applicants. If you were one of these deferred students don’t fret! There’s plenty you can do now to improve your changes of admission in the regular round. Dr. Kat Cohen spoke with Your Teen Magazine and gave some tips for deferred students. Some of Dr. Kat’s tips were also featured in a MONEY piece on deferrals. Also, be sure to check out our December newsletter piece on deferrals for info on what it means and your chances of gaining admission in the regular round.
  3. Want some inside scoop on the college admissions process? Check out part one of our three-part College Admissions Secrets blog series. In this piece learn how colleges read applications and what goes into making those tough admissions decisions.
  4. Juniors preparing for college entrance exams have a lot of uncertainty going into the spring semester as the new SAT will launch in March and many are uncertain how the new test will affect students. For those who don’t want to take the ACT there’s one last change to take the current SAT in January. Here’s why juniors should consider the January SAT. The registration deadline for the test is Dec. 28.
  5. College admissions is a big topic at the Supreme Court, as the Fisher vs. UT-Austin case is back in the spotlight. Catch up on the case here.
  6. Exercise while you study? Some college libraries are installing reading bikes that students cycle while studying.
  7. If you’re putting the final touches on your college applications make sure you’re not making these common last-minute mistakes!
  8. Do you know the difference between undergraduate and transfer admissions? The process to transfer to another college is very different than the first-year admissions process. Know what to expect and your chances of admission.

Did you hear back from your early college this week? Are you finishing up your regular college applications? Tell us in the comments below!

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