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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 13-17

Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

College Admissions NewsClass Rank Value is Declining, Over One-Third of College Students Transfer Schools Before Graduation

As we get closer to the August 1 opening of the Common Application, there’s more and more back to school and college admissions news coming out everyday. It’s important for families to stay informed, so we’re bringing you the latest higher education news every Friday.

This week, there was a large conversation about the value of class rankings, the prevalence of transfer admissions, and college rankings as 2015-16 lists slowly start to trickle out. As students prepare for the college application season, it’s crucial for them to stay informed on what’s happening in admissions and how this will affect their admissions strategy and goals.


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

  1. More and more high schools are either doing away with class rank altogether, or graduating multiple valedictorians from the same class. What does this mean for college applicants? Admissions officers are increasingly relying on other metrics, like test scores and other application components, to evaluate applicants and where they compare to other classmates.
  2. Worried that you may have chosen the wrong college? You’re not alone. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that 37% of college students transfer schools at least once within six years of starting their education. The transfer admissions process is a very different from the undergraduate application process; so make sure you know what to expect should you want to transfer to another institution.
  3. As more colleges begin recruiting more international students, the validity of many applications can be called into question as some students may work with less than reputable counselors and it’s impossible to regulate the counseling standards abroad. Check out CNN’s piece on this rising trend.
  4. It’s college rankings season! While you’re better off making your own rankings, it can be helpful to check out other publications’ lists to learn more about different schools. Here’s a peek at MONEY's 2015-16 Best Colleges list.
  5. Have you heard about the University of Florida’s new admissions program? We’ve covered this controversial new program before, but here’s an inside look at the policy and the students affected by it.
  6. Many college essay prompts are already available for the class of 2020. If you want to get a head start on your essays, here are some resources to help you begin crafting stellar essays.
  7. College visit costs can add up quickly. Dr. Kat spoke with Money Magazine and gave some tips on how families can save some money when visiting colleges this fall.
  8. Looking for an internship? Social media may be the way to go. A new study found that over 68% of students use social media to find internship opportunities.
  9. Wish you could go to Hogwarts? Here’s how much a year at the famous (and fictional) school would cost you!
What do you think about class rankings? Are you ready for the college application season this fall? Tell us in the comments below!
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