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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 18-22

Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 09:25 AM

College Admissions NewsNew Report Aims to Change the College Admissions Process, Winter Weather Affecting Saturday’s SAT

It may have been a short week for most students, but it was a busy one in the world of higher education. A lot of college admissions news broke this week, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know!

Now is a critical time for high school juniors to stay informed on how many planned admissions changes, like the new CAAS application, will affect them when it comes time to apply to college. At IvyWise, we like to make staying informed easier by bringing 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. Harvard’s Graduate School of Education released a new report this week, titled “Turning the Tide,” that highlights the stress students are under when applying to highly selective colleges and proposed ways that colleges can improve the admissions process. Check out our summary of the report and what it means for students here.
  2. Much of the country is bracing for winter weather is weekend – bad news for students planning to take the last sitting of the current SAT this Saturday. Many test centers have already announced a make up day or a change in venue. If you’re registered to take the Saturday SAT and think you might be affected, be sure to regularly check the College Board website for test center closings and make up test dates.
  3. More colleges are releasing application information for the class of 2020, with Dartmouth, Boston University, and Tufts announcing increases in the number of freshman applicants this year. Applications to the class of 2020 set a record at Tufts, with over 20,000 students applying. Boston University also saw a record-breaking class of 2020 with 57,342 students applying – a 4.7% increase over last year. At Dartmouth the increase wasn’t as dramatic – with 20,550 students applying to class of 2020, 43 more than applied last year.
  4. Confused by your PSAT score report? Dr. Kat spoke with Your Teen Mag and gave some tips for parents on how to decipher the new scores.
  5. As if the confusion over the new score reports wasn’t bad enough, many students had problems accessing their scores when they were released last week.
  6. The University of Virginia released early action decisions last night, 10 days earlier than expected. The UVA admissions blog has resources for denied, deferred, and accepted students. Check them out!

What do you think of the “Turning the Tide” report? Are you affected by the SAT test center closings? Tell us in the comments below!

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