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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 5-8

Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

college admissions newsMore Colleges Release Application Essay Prompts, SAT vs, ACT and More in This Month’s College Admissions Newsletter

 

It was a short week for many who celebrated the Fourth of July, but there’s still plenty of college admissions news to catch up on!

As we draw closer to the Aug. 1 Common Application open date, we can expect more information on this year’s admissions cycle and how it will affect applicants applying to college this fall. With summer break, college apps, and the upcoming semester, students and their families already have enough to keep up with, so we try to alleviate a little bit of the work by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday.

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

  1. More and more colleges are releasing their Common Application essay prompts ahead of the platform’s initial open date, giving students plenty of time to prepare for the application process this fall. Schools like Penn, UChicago, Tufts, UVA, and more have already announced their 2016-17 college application essay topics. Click here to see a list of available prompts and check back for updates as more become available.
  2. Our July college admissions newsletter went out this week. In this month’s edition: SAT vs. ACT: Which College Entrance Exam Should You Take?, College Admission Trends Over the Last 10 Years, Focus on Self-Discovery When Applying to College, and IvyWise Gives Back: Counselor Ashley Expands College Counseling Access With LISTO.
  3. Yield is a big factor in the admissions process. It affect everything from how colleges make admissions decisions to cost, class offerings, and more. For many colleges, yield has been hard to predict, leaving some colleges with too few, or way too many, students for the next class. This piece from The Daily Pennsylvanian gives some good insight into the yield battle.
  4. Michigan State University students will no longer have to take college algebra in order to graduate.
  5. Support for first-generation college students is important. See what Princeton is doing to aid first-gen students on campus.
  6. A new report shows these are the industries hiring the most new college grads.

What do you think of some of this year’s college essay prompts? Do you prefer the SAT over the ACT or vice-versa? Tell us in the comments below!

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