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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 23-27

Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

College Admission DecisionsMore Admission Rates for the Class of 2019 Are Released, Ivies to Notify Regular Decision Applicants Next Week

The admission decision madness is still going full-force, with more decisions expected today through the end of the month.

It’s an exciting time for high school seniors and their families as they take the next step toward the future. This is also a crucial time for high school juniors as they prepare for the admissions process later this year.

It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest admissions news, especially this time of year as some insight into what to expect for the next round of applicants is revealed. At IvyWise, we aim to make staying informed easier by bringing you the latest admissions and higher education news every Friday.
 
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher ed from this past week:

  1. Admission statistics for the Class of 2019 are slowly rolling out as more colleges release decisions through the end of March. Northwestern University admitted 13% of applicants for the Class of 2019, Pomona College admitted 9.8% of students, and University of Virginia admitted 28.5% of applicants this year. At Vanderbilt University, 9.5% of regular decision applicants were admitted. The University of Southern California reported a record low admission rate – 17.5% for the incoming freshman class.
  2. Stanford University, University of Southern California, and Johns Hopkins University are releasing admission decisions later today. Find out when other colleges are notifying applicants here, including the Ivy League colleges, which are expected March 31.
  3. Dr. Kat wrote a great piece for Vox that was published this week highlighting what families are most informed about when it comes to college admissions. Check out “9 things I wish people understood about getting into college.”
  4. Graduation is just around the corner for the college class of 2015! Colleges are revealing more commencement speakers, with Robert Redford speaking at Colby College, Denzel Washington at Dillard University, and Condoleezza Rice at William & Mary.
  5. According to a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, nearly half of students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2013-14 attended a two-year college at some point in their education.
  6. The test-optional trend continues with Kalamazoo College in Michigan no longer requiring ACT or SAT scores for applicants.
  7. If you’re going on a college visit this semester make sure to register for a tour and information session! Here are some tips on what to expect during the information session and some basic rules to follow.
  8. Early April Fools’! University of Pennsylvania’s student paper pranks everyone by saying that Emma Watson will be attending the Ivy League college for graduate school. Spoiler alert: It’s not true.
  9. Which colleges have the largest endowments? Business Insider has the list here.
  10. Princeton Review made the entertainment news this week after it was discovered the company misquoted a Taylor Swift lyric in an SAT test prep booklet as an example of bad grammar.
 
Are you waiting for more admission decisions? What do you think of this year’s admit rates? Tell us in the comments below!
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