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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 27-31

Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

George Washington University Test OptionalGeorge Washington University Becomes Test Optional, Changes Coming to AP US History Course This Year

We’re one day away from the opening of the Common Application! The college admissions season will officially kick off in less than 24 hours, and there’s already a lot of news to catch up on!
Before you jump into the Common Application tomorrow, it’s important to remember that a critical part of the college preparation process is staying informed on what’s new this season. Check out our guide to the changes coming to the Common App this year and resources to help students get started on their essays.
Also, be sure to catch up on the latest college admissions news. When it comes to applying to college information is key, and at IvyWise we aim to make it easier to stay informed by bringing you the latest college admissions news every Friday.
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education news from this past week:
  1. Starting this year, George Washington University will no longer require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores in order to be considered for admission. GWU joins a growing list of test-optional and test-flexible colleges that are eliminating or deemphasizing the importance of college entrance exam scores.
  2. The College Board yesterday released a revised version of the AP United States History course for the 2015-16 school year. This comes after the course was revised last year and received much criticism because many thought the course was too negative.
  3. Planning to apply to the University of Pennsylvania this fall? The Ivy League university has changed its admissions policy for the 2015-16 cycle, dropping the requirement that students stubmit the writing portion of the SAT or ACT.
  4. The Common Application opens tomorrow! This is a great opportunity for students to get a head start on their applications before the school year begins. Before starting on your essays, though, make sure you read about these debunked college essay myths.
  5. Visiting college campuses this fall? Don’t be fooled by all the shiny new buildings and amenities – some campuses till have very old dorms that many freshmen end up living in. Make sure you know everything about all the dorms on campus.
  6. A new study backs up the assumption that the economy can influence students’ choice in college majors. The study finds that in tough economic times, students are more likely to choose majors that they think will lead to better jobs after graduation.
  7. There’s a new admission start up in the game. ZeeMee is an online platform that aims to help students improve their college application by providing customized web profiles.
  8. Are you prepared to write an outstanding college application essay when the Common App opens tomorrow? Take this quiz to find out!
What do you think of GWU’s new test optional policy? Are you affected by the APUSH curriculum? Tell us in the comments below!

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