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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 5-9

Fri, Dec 09, 2016 @ 11:58 AM

college admission decisions question mark.jpgColleges Begin Releasing Early Admission Decisions, International Students to Pay More to Take the ACT


The next few days will be a big for seniors who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice colleges! Catch up on early decision news and more in this week’s college admissions news roundup.

While seniors await early decision notifications and finishing up their regular decision applications, there’s a lot of other higher education news to catch up on! It’s important to stay informed when preparing for the college admissions process, and at IvyWise we aim 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 college admissions news from this past week:

  1. Cornell University, Northeastern University, and more have already released their early admission decisions, with more decisions from the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and more expected today. Check out our list of early decision notification dates here, and good luck to those waiting to hear from their early colleges!
  2. Were you deferred from your early college? Here’s what to do next.
  3. Cheating has been a big problem with international administrations of the SAT and ACT, and this week it was revealed that the ACT will increase the cost of the test for international test-takers by $10 in order to cover enhanced security measures for the exam.
  4. One student's attempt to stand out backfired in a big way this week (pun intended), when the admissions office at Texas A&M University had to call the bomb squad after receiving a package with wires. Turns out, it was a student who sent in their college application with some flashing lights meant to draw attention to the application and "stand out" from the rest. Next time just write a really awesome essay instead.
  5. Duke University announced this week that it will adopt a “need blind” admissions policy for undocumented students applying to the university. Previously, undocumented students were treated like international applicants, meaning that their need for financial aid was considered as part of their admission decision.
  6. IvyWise counselor Christine spoke with Metro New York about the latest college admissions trend – digital portfolios.
  7. Colleges care a lot about their yield rate, and one college is aiming to increase engagement with prospective students on campus in order to increase enrollment.
  8. All eyes might be on high school seniors right now, but this is the perfect time for high school freshmen to kick off their college prep.

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