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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 22-26

Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

Harvard_Stock_PhotoHarvard-Stanford Admissions Hoax Sheds Light on Competitive Process, How the SAT Error Will Affect Families

From admissions hoaxes to criticism about the erred June 6 SAT, this summer has seen no shortage of admissions and higher education news.
 
While families are preparing for the end of June and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, we’re busy staying on top of the latest news and admissions developments. Staying informed is key to success in the college admissions process, and at IvyWise we hope to make that a little bit easier by bringing you the latest higher education news every Friday.
 
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week:
 
  1. It sounded too be to be true, and it turned out that it was. A student at the competitive Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia claimed to have received amazing admission offers from Harvard and Stanford, and the schools were fighting over her. To appease her desire to attend both, the student claimed the schools struck a deal: She could spend two years at Harvard then two at Stanford. This unprecedented admissions outcome garnered her international notoriety, especially in her native Korea. But it was all a lie, and this has shed a lot of light on the competitive admissions landscape and how the pressure can lead students to desperate measures.
  2. After the SAT error and The College Board’s confusing response, many are wary of exam’s reputation now. Dr. Kat spoke with USA Today College to address the error and the impact it’s having on students, parents, and the test itself.
  3. Are you ready for the college admissions process this fall? Whether you’re a 9th grader just starting your journey, or a high school senior about to wrap it up, here’s every college planning checklist you’ll ever need to guide you through the admissions landscape.
  4. This week the federal government announced that its college rating system will in fact not contain ratings that will compare one college to another. Instead, the Department of Education’s college rating system will be more of a consumer tool with information on the college, outcomes, and more, in order to better help families make informed decisions about which colleges are a best fit for students.
  5. Do you have an older sibling in college? He or she could influence your college choice. A new paper published this week by the Economics of Education review found that “overall one-fifth of younger siblings enroll in the same college as their older siblings.”
  6. Columbia University announced this week that it will divest from private prison companies, making it the first major university in the country to do so. The Ivy League college holds about 220,000 shares in G4S and Corrections Corporation of America, which it will now sell.
  7. Gap years are growing in popularity. Here’s why it’s something all students should think about.
  8. Sweet Briar College will stay open, for now at least. What does this mean for the college’s next year? The school’s new president gives some insight.
  9. Love some LOLs? Emerson College is about to make it a degree. Starting in the fall, the Boston school will offer students a major in comedy, making it the first college to offer a four-year bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts degree.
  10. Applying to the University of California – Berkeley this fall? Now students have the option to submit two letters of recommendation with their applications. This will make Berkeley the first UC-system college to implement this policy.
  11. Did you end the school year with some bad grades? Use the summer to address it.
What do you think of the Harvard-Stanford admissions story? Were you impacted by the June 6 SAT? Tell us in the comments below!
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