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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 23-27

Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

College Admissions NewsUPenn Raises Tuition for the 2015-16 Academic Year, Georgetown Study Reveals the Best Majors For Finding A Job After College

This semester is flying by! We’re closing out February and looking ahead to March – are you ready for college visits, college entrance exams, AP tests and more in the coming months? With all this college prep going on this spring, it can be hard for families to find the time to stay informed on the latest admissions news, trends, and developments. This is where IvyWise comes in!

Every Friday we bring you the latest news and tips in college admissions and higher education. This way students and parents can stay on track for a successful school year – and stay informed.
 
Here are the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week:
 
  1. The University of Pennsylvania announced yesterday it will raise tuition 3.9% for the 2015-16 academic year, bringing the total sticker price to $63,526 – highest in the university’s history.
  2. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce released its latest “Hard Times” report – analyzing college majors, unemployment rates, and earnings. What majors faired the best? Agriculture, education, and physical sciences. And the worst? Social sciences, architecture, and journalism.
  3. Searching for your first postgraduate job? Dr. Kat gave some tips on fit and deciding what type of company to work for when conducting your job search.
  4. Community service is a noble endeavor, and colleges will want to see how students contributed to their local community. Here are some tips to help high school freshmen and sophomores get involved in community service.
  5. What’s the secret to college admissions success? Starting early! Read Dr. Kat’s tips and insights in her latest post on the LinkedIn Official Blog.
  6. Earlier in January it was revealed that Stanford students found a way to view their admissions files. Now the university is now cautioning students to think twice before requesting their materials.
  7. Bloomberg Business did a great piece on work colleges this week – highlighting schools that give students discounted tuition for labor.
  8. Being at the top of your graduating class isn’t a golden ticket into the university of your choice. The Daily Pennsylvanian explores why class rank has become a less compelling admissions factor.
  9. According to a new study of the FAFSA, some colleges do use student preferences on their financial aid application to reduce or increase aid, but the practice is not widespread.
  10. Pennsylvania State University announced this week it raised $13 million through its annual THON Dance Marathon event, held every February.
  11. Good news for liberal arts students: What do Americans rate as the number one skill needed to get ahead in life? Communication.
  12. Playing the admission waiting game is no fun. Here’s what high school seniors can do to pass the time before admission decisions are announced.
  13. “Service to School, a nonprofit organization made up of veterans — some of them current Stanford students — has released a free guidebook to help undergraduate veterans find the right college.”
What do you think of this week’s higher education news? Tell us in the comments below!
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