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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 25-29

Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 10:35 AM

2016-17 Common App Prompts2016-17 Common Application Essay Prompts, Cornell Accepted 27.4% of Early Applicants to the Class of 2020

The first month of 2016 has flown by, and there’s a lot of news that college bound students need to catch up on from just January alone! This is especially critical for high school juniors, as the spotlight is on them as they gear up for the college application process this fall.

At IvyWise, we try to make staying informed as easy as possible. That’s why we bring you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday. With the new SAT coming in March, the new Coalition App later this spring, the recent Harvard admissions report, and the Common App trying to stay on top – there’s a lot that’s going to affect current juniors now and into their senior year, and we’ll be with you every step of the way!

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

  1. This week the Common Application announced the essay prompts for the 2016-17 application – and they’re exactly the same as last year. What is different, however, is that juniors can create their Common App accounts, and all their information, including essays, will roll over into the fall. What does this mean for college bond students? They can get started on their Common App as early as they want. In case you need a refresher, here are the Common App prompts for 2016-17:
    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
  2.  More early decision admission rates and overall application numbers for the Class of 2020 are rolling in. Cornell University announced this week that it accepted 27.4% of early applicants from the class of 2020 – a slight increase from their early admit rate last year.
  3. Bowdoin announced that it admitted 33.7% of EDI applicants to the Class of 2020, with EDII students learning their decisions next month.
  4. Tufts previously reported a record-high number of applications to the class of 2020, and also announced their ED pool saw a 12% increase in applications.
  5. NYU also promoted their record-breaking class – 63,702 students applied to NYU’s class of 2020.
  6. Not be outdone, Yale University also announced record-high number of applications to the Class of 2020 – 31,439 students applied for admission.
  7. The University of Virginia released early decisions last week, and announced this week that 31% of early applicants were admitted to the class of 2020.
  8. That’s not the only news UVA had this week. The university also announced that it’s endorsing the controversial Harvard report on college admissions.
  9. Colleges are beginning to announce spring commencement speakers, with MIT getting one the coolest out of the gate – Matt Damon.
  10. Want to get better grades? Don’t text before bed.
  11. Who says that STEM and liberal arts can’t be friends? For students who are interested in both, these colleges offer great programs that marry STEM with a broad liberal arts education.
  12. Senioritis is already setting in! Don’t fall victim – it can hurt your college chances.
  13. Many on the east coast who were planning to take the SAT last Saturday were met with a lot of resistance in the form of snow and ice. Many test centers have already announced make up dates. If you were affect check here to see when you can take the exam.

What do you think of the Common App recycling prompts? Do you think next year’s supplements will have even more essays? Tell us in the comments below!

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