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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup June 27 - July 1

Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

uchicago self report scoresUChicago Allows Applicants to Self-Report Scores, ACT Changing Scoring on the Optional Writing Test

 

It’s the Friday before a long weekend for many, but don’t head out before you catch up on the latest higher education and college admissions news!

There was a lot that happened this week that will affect students applying to college in the fall. Specifically, some testing changes and opportunities to learn more about colleges in new places. Staying informed is key to a successful college admissions journey, and at IvyWise we want to make that easier by bringing families the latest news every week.

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

  1. The University of Chicago will now allow applicants to self-report their SAT and ACT scores when applying, meaning only students who are accepted and enroll will need to send the school official score reports from the testing agencies. This is intended to help low-income students who may not be able to afford to send additional score reports past the four included in the registration fee for the tests.
  2. It was announced this week that the ACT will change the scoring for the optional writing test – moving from the 36-point scale to a 2-12 point scale. The change will take affect this fall.
  3. Colleges have been utilizing social media for years to reach prospective applicants, and with the rise of new platforms like Snapchat, more and more colleges are signing up. This week Harvard’s admissions office joined Snapchat to give potential students an inside look at life at Harvard.
  4. A new study has found that students who take 15 credit hours in their first semester in college as opposed to 12 are more likely to graduate.
  5. Rising high school seniors have a great opportunity this summer to get a head start on their college applications. These tips can help students brainstorm topics for their college admission essays.
  6. Love tennis? Maria Sharapova is now a Harvard MBA student.
  7. Concerned with college ROI? These college degrees commanded the highest salaries in 2016.

What do you think about UChicago’s new self-reporting policy? Will you follow colleges on Snapchat? Tell us in the comments below!

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