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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 27 - March 3

Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

sat changes.jpgSAT and ACT Changes for 2017-18, IvyWise Class of 2017 Early Admission Results

It’s March, and we’re quickly approaching regular decision release dates for the class of 2021! While college bound high school seniors are focused on their final semester and preparing for admission decisions, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to be preparing for their own college admissions journey – including staying up-to-date on the latest college admissions news and trends. Staying informed is the key to a successful college admissions journey, as the admissions landscape is constantly changing. At IvyWise, we aim to make that easier by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news on our blog and our monthly newsletter, as well as over Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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

  1. The College Board has committed to beefing up security for the SAT, announcing changes for 2017-18 international and US administrations of the exam. Changes include reducing the number of international administrations of the exam and tighter restrictions on who can take the exam “for other than one of its intended purposes.”
  2. The ACT also announced some testing changes that include adding a July administration in 2018.
  3. Most students who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice have already learned of their early admission decisions, and IvyWise is proud to report that our students performed exceptionally well in the early round, gaining early admission to all Ivy League colleges applied to as well as Stanford, MIT, and more.
  4. Our March newsletter went out this week! In this month’s issue: How to Read Your SAT Score Report, 6 Questions to Ask On Your College Visits This Spring, Navigating the College Search Process With a Learning Difference, and 5 College Prep Tips to Take With You to College.
  5. A recent study aimed to find colleges that give families the most bang for their buck by examining the number of low-income students who graduated from college and later became top income earners.
  6. More stats from the class of 2021 are rolling in, with Colby College reporting an increase in applications for the fall 2017 class.
  7. Calling all Rihanna fans! The musician has been named Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.
  8. One way students are paying for college: Crowdfunding.
  9. This week President Trump signed an executive order on historically black colleges and universities, “re-establishing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and moving the initiative from the Department of Education to the Executive Office of the President.”
  10. It happens almost every year – applicants are notified of their admission to a college only to find out it was in error. How does this happen and what are colleges doing to make sure these mistakes do not occur again?

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Regular decisions for the class of 2021 will be released soon! Click here for our list of regular decision notification dates – updated daily!


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