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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 1-5

Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 09:51 AM

Princeton University Transfer AdmissionsPrinceton to Reinstate Transfer Admissions, More Colleges Report Record Number of Applications to the Class of 2020


Are you keeping up with the latest college admissions news? With the changes coming to the SAT, the Common App, the new Coalition App, and other proposed changes coming to the college admissions process, it’s more important than ever to stay informed on the latest higher education news!

At IvyWise, we believe that information is key to a successful college admissions process. That’s why we like to bring you the latest college admissions news every Friday.

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

  1. Students looking to eventually transfer into an Ivy League institution will soon have another school to choose from – for the first time since 1990, Princeton University plans to admit transfer applicants. The Ivy League university plans to have a new transfer admissions plan in place by 2018.
  2. In more college application news, Princeton University reported a record high number of applications for the class of 2020, with 29,313 students applying for a spot in the freshman class. Skidmore College also reported a record number of applicants, with 9,091 students applying to be part of the class of 2020. Sweet Briar College, which made news last year for almost shutting down, also received a record number of applications.
  3. Some big test prep news: Starting in 2017, the College Board will offer the SAT in August, and will drop the January test in 2018. This will be the first time in decades that the test will be offered in the summer.
  4. Our February newsletter went out this week! In this month’s issue: How to Prep for the Spring ACT, MBA Admissions Tips for Working Professionals, and Finding Summer Internships that Match Your Interests.
  5. With the Common App announcing that accounts will now rollover year to year, when’s the right time for juniors to get started on their college applications?
  6. How do students choose where to go to college? Geography is a bigger factor than many think.
  7. With the US getting friendlier with Cuba, more colleges are offering study abroad opportunities in the country. UC – Berkeley is the latest to announce a new Cuba study abroad program for undergraduates.
  8. Speaking of study abroad, two new studies have found that graduates who studied abroad have better career outcomes.
  9. How does NYU read applications? Here’s some insight straight from the source!
  10. A lot of students and parents are concerned about how social media factors into the college admissions process. According to this report, the University of Southern California only check social media profiles in “extraordinary cases.”
  11. The TODAY Show is doing a cool new series about college, asking the show’s personalities why they chose the college they attended.

What do you think of Princeton’s decision to begin admitting transfer applicants again? When do you plan to start on your college application essays? Tell us in the comments below!


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