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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 4-8

Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

College Admissions News 2016Many Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020, MIT Won’t Join Coalition App

Welcome to 2016! It’s a new year, new semester, and the perfect opportunity for students and parents to catch up on the latest higher education news and plan for the college application process!

The key to college admissions success is starting early, staying focused, and staying informed on changes in higher education and the application process. At IvyWise we work hard to stay abreast of trends and bring the most current college admissions news and information to families around the world. One way we do this is with our weekly news roundup every Friday.

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

  1. Jan. 1 deadlines may have passed, but many colleges are still accepting applications for the Class of 2020. Check out our list of colleges with later deadlines here.
  2. There was a lot of buzz in 2015 about a new coalition of colleges that plan to launch a new application to compete with The Common Application. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (CAAS) has over 80 members, including prestigious Ivy Leagues, but one college will not be part of that group – MIT. The highly selective college has decided not to join, as it’s happy with its current application. MIT is also not a member of The Common Application.
  3. “Does worldschooling advantage or disadvantage students when applying to college?” Dr. Kat gives some insight in this piece for Bright.
  4. Our January newsletter went out this week! In addition to a new look, we also presented some fresh admissions content! In this month’s issue: How to Manage Test Anxiety, Preparing for Graduate School: Tips for Undergraduate Students, and Finding Community Service Opportunities that Match Your Interests.
  5. If you’re preparing for the college admissions process, make some resolutions in 2016 to help you reach your personal and academic goals.
  6. Some new news for MOOCs! Six universities from across the globe are working to establish an alliance that will help accredit their MOOCs, allowing for credit transfer.

Are you applying to colleges with mid-January or early-February deadlines? Are you excited to see the new CAAS application when it launches? Tell us in the comments below!

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