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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 18-22

Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

college_admissions_news.pngCommon App Goes Offline Until Aug. 1, Columbia and Barnard Drop SAT Subject Test Requirement

 

August is coming up fast, and rising high school seniors will soon be submitting the first of their college applications. There’s a lot happening in admissions right now, and we have your weekly roundup of higher education news!

The 2016-17 Common Application will open Aug. 1, with the Coalition Application expected to launch around the same time. This admission season will have a lot of change and tools, with students adjusting to multiple application options and new score reporting with the new SAT. At IvyWise we like to alleviate as much confusion as possible and keep families informed on the latest college admissions developments.

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

  1. The Common Application went offline July 21, and won’t be back until Aug. 1 with the launch of the 2016-17 application. This means account holders will not be able to log in until Aug. 1, at which point they will rollover their previous accounts to the 2016-17 platform. If you wanted to get a head start on your Common App don’t worry – you can still work on your essays outside of the platform.
  2. With the changes to the SAT, problems with ACT essay scoring, and more criticism of the value of certain test scores in the admissions process, many colleges are revising their testing requirements for undergraduate admission. Columbia and Barnard are some of the institutions that recently revised their testing requirements, dropping the SAT Subject Test requirement and no longer requiring essay scores for the ACT or SAT.
  3. Now’s the time for rising high school seniors to take a look at their social media profiles and establish some good practices going forward. Here are some social media dos and don’ts for college applicants to consider this fall.
  4. Another waitlist update from NYU: Only a few more spots are left.
  5. A new study finds that “the younger that students decide they want to study for a degree, the more likely they are to go to a more competitive university.”
  6. Inside Higher Ed published a good piece on need-blind admissions this week that’s a great read for college bound students and parents.
  7. Plagiarism was a hot-topic this week. Here’s a good read for students on what exactly it is and why it’s such a big deal.
  8. If you’re planning college visits this fall here’s five ways to save on costs.
  9. Here’s a list of some really cool majors that you might not have thought of before.

Are you working on your application essays this summer? How are you spending the rest of your break? Tell us in the comments below!

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