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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 15-19

Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

GWU.jpgGeorge Washington University and Harvard See Record Number of Applications, More Class of 2020 Admission Stats


It was a short week for many students who celebrated Presidents’ Day, but it was a busy week in college admissions and higher education news!

We’re just weeks away from the launch of the new SAT, about a month away from the release of admission decisions, and the time for juniors to prepare for the college application process is now! It’s the clam before the admissions storm, and IvyWise is here to bring you the latest college admissions news to keep you informed and help families make the best college prep decisions.

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

  1. More information is coming out about the college class of 2020, with Harvard announcing a record-breaking number of applications for the incoming freshman class. Harvard saw about a 5% increase in applications over last year. Boston University also saw a record number of applications for the class of 2020, with 57,433 students applying for a spot in the freshman class.
  2. Last year George Washington University announced it would be going test optional. This may have been a big draw for many students, as GWU announced that it received a record number of applications since announcing it will no longer require ACT or SAT scores for some applicants. How big of an increase in applications did the school see? An astounding 28%.
  3. In early decision news, Middlebury announced it admitted 60 students through its EDII option, brining the number of early admits to the college to 398. This brings the school’s early admit rate up 41%.
  4. Vanderbilt University also released early admission statistics for the class of 2020, with 23.6% of early applicants gaining admission to the highly selective university.
  5. In other test-optional news, Goucher College, which famously allows students to apply with just a two-minute video, reported that students who were admitted through the video application did academically better than those admitted through traditional means. While the sample size is extremely small, it is something that will be interesting to track over the next few years.
  6. Good news for some students who aren’t early risers: A college in Michigan is eliminating 8 a.m. classes.
  7. Juniors: All the focus is on you! Are you ready for the college admissions process? The founder of Make Me a Freshman has some tips on how to get organized before applying to college.

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