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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 6-10

Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

MIT_DomeMIT Changes Early Admission Policy, Some 2015-16 Common Application Supplements Released Early

August is just right around the corner! We’re closing in fast on the July half-way mark, and rising high school seniors are realizing how soon the college application process will begin. Staying informed is one of the most important things that families can do to prepare for the college admissions season, and we’re here to make it easier with this week’s top higher education news.
 
Every Friday, we bring you the latest admissions news, with the goal of keeping you in the loop and prepared for anything that may come this fall. This week: A change in the admissions policy at a top university, more essay topics are being released early, and more!
 
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week:
 
  1. The admissions office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced this week that international students can now apply through the school’s Early Action program. Previously, international students could only apply through the regular admissions round. This is opening the door for more international students – a trend expected to grow at many colleges across the country.
  2. The 2015-16 Common Application may not officially open until August 1, but many colleges are releasing their supplemental essay topics early in order to help students get a head start. Here’s a list of some 2015-16 essay topics that are currently available.
  3. Are you up-to-date on the changes coming to the SAT in 2016? Here’s part one of our two-part guide: Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT.
  4. Kids love their smartphones and all the apps that come with it, so put it to good use with these awesome college prep apps!
  5. New information from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has found that 37.2 percent of college students transfer at least once within six years.
  6. It’s important to have a productive summer, but are college summer programs for high school students going to make a big difference in your admissions chances? Dr. Kat spoke to Forbes about summer programs and whether or not they’re worth it.
  7. From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed a complaint against Harvard University that asserted it had discriminated against Asian-American students in undergraduate admissions. Bloomberg News reports the complaint was dismissed in June because a similar lawsuit is being considered by a federal court.”
  8. Parents want to help their students, but recent studies are showing that the trend of “helicopter parenting” is causing students to suffer serious psychological consequences once they get to college.
  9. Bored with your summer reading list? Check out the books that incoming freshmen at some of the country’s top colleges are reading this summer.
  10. Want to reduce stress on college campuses? Consider pet therapy!
  11. With the college admissions process in the fall comes the college visit season. When planning your college visits this fall make sure you know where to save some money, and when to splurge a little to get the full experience.
Are you an international student who is planning to apply early action to MIT this fall? Have you gotten a head start on your college application essays this summer? Tell us in the comments below!
 
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