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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 28 - April 1

Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

Harvard_Stock_Photo.jpgMore Colleges Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Skidmore May Go Test-Optional


It may be April Fool’s Day, but today’s weekly college admissions news roundup is no joke! The Ivy League colleges released decisions this week and everyone was waiting to see how low their admission rates would go.

After Stanford posted a record-low 4.69% admission rate, it came as no surprise that other elite institutions also posted record-low admission rates for the class of 2020. Admission decisions and statistics were the big news this week, with many students getting the last of their decisions yesterday.

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

  1. Ivy League decisions are out, and many of the elite universities posted record-breaking numbers. Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Columbia all reported record-low admission rates. None, however, matched Stanford’s 4.69% admission rate for the class of 2020 – the lowest so far this year. Want more class of 2020 stats? Check out our blog post here.
  2. While admission decisions and statistics dominated the higher education news this week, there was also some big news out of Skidmore – the selective liberal arts college may soon go test-optional. Skidmore would join a growing list of colleges and universities that either don’t require or deemphasize ACT and SAT scores in the college admissions process.
  3. Accepted? Rejected? Waitlisted. No matter your decision here’s some advice from Dr. Kat on what you need to do next.
  4. April Fool’s came early for many this year, with several news outlets falling for the satirical New York Times opinion piece stating that Stanford admitted 0% of applicants this year.
  5. What’s cooler than getting into your top-choice college? Finding out on TV! Watch this student get her college acceptance on the TODAY Show!

What do you think of this year’s admission rates? Did you fall for any April Fool’s jokes about admissions? Tell us in the comments below!


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