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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 22-26

Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 08:42 AM

Cornell Need-AwareInsight Into the New August SAT Date, Cornell Now Need-Aware for International Applicants


March is right around the corner and with it comes the first sitting of the new SAT! There’s a lot going on in higher education right now as seniors prepare to learn their admissions decisions and juniors begin the admissions process themselves. Here’s what you need to know!

For those preparing for the new SAT, this is the last weekend to get any last-minute test prep in. Unaware that the SAT was changing? Here’s everything you need to know about the new exam.

These developments in college admissions are important for families to keep up with, and at IvyWise we try to make that a little easier by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday.

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

  1. As we highlighted a few weeks ago, the College Board quietly revealed that, starting in 2017, it will offer the SAT in August and eliminate the January test. What does this mean for students? It’s beneficial for many but might hurt a few, so it’s more important than ever to get started early on test prep.
  2. Cornell University, which has been one of the few universities that’s need-blind for international applicants, recently revealed that it will now be need aware for students applying outside the US. This could pose a problem for some international applicants that need financial assistance. In an article this week Yale University, one of the remaining need-blind colleges, said that, as of now, there’s no plan to eliminate their need-blind policy for international applicants.
  3. It’s college prep time for juniors, and Dr. Kat spoke with this week and gave some insight into common SAT and ACT myths that many college bound families believe.
  4. Planning to intern this summer? Now’s the time to start looing! Dr. Kat spoke with about how college students can get started on securing an internship for the summer.
  5. When’s the best time to take a test? A new study finds that, while many students hate those early morning exams, it’s actually more beneficial to take a test in the morning than later in the afternoon.
  6. Could Mount St. Mary’s accreditation be in trouble?

Would you take the SAT in August if it were offered this year? How do you feel about colleges adopting need-aware admissions policies? Tell us in the comments below!


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