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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 30 - April 3

Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

College Admissions NewsHarvard Admits 5.3% of Applicants for the Class of 2019, 2015-16 Common Application Essays Announced

It was a big week for college bound seniors with the Ivy League colleges and additional US universities releasing the last round of admission decisions. Along with these decisions came a lot of higher education news, including new financial aid programs, admission options, and the kick off of the next round of applications for the class of 2020.
 
This time of year is especially hectic for families, as high school seniors now have the task of deciding exactly where to attend college now that they’ve been admitted. At IvyWise we aim to ease the pressure by keeping families informed through our blog, newsletter, and social media accounts. We also make sure to bring families the latest news every Friday.
 
Here are some of the top stories in college admissions and higher education from this past week.
 
  1. The Ivy League colleges released admissions decisions on Tuesday, and many reported the same or lower admission rates from the year before. Harvard admitted 5.3% of applicants for the Class of 2019, compared to 5.7% the year before. Columbia University admitted 6.1% of applicants, a drop from last year’s 6.9%. Yale admitted 6.49% of applicants, Princeton 6.99%, Penn 9.9%, Dartmouth 10.3%, Cornell 14.87%, and Brown 8.5%. Click here for more admission rates for the class of 2019.
  2. As the last of this season’s admission decisions came out, the Common Application announced the essays for the 2015-16 application and some changes. The new essays are very similar to last year’s, with some minor wording changes. Common Application also announced that students will be able to preview the application as they go along, rather than just at the end.
  3. Dr. Kat stopped by WSJ Live this week and offered some tips for high school seniors that were waitlisted or rejected from their top-choice colleges. Watch here!
  4. Our April newsletter also came out this week! In this month’s issue: Tips for waitlisted students, 5 things to consider when weighing multiple offers of admission, and colleges for fashion majors.
  5. This week Kaplan revealed the results of a new survey of college admissions officers and found that “25% of admissions officers say they have ‘felt pressured to accept an applicant who didn’t meet your school’s admissions requirements because of who that applicant was connected to.’ The Kaplan survey also found that 16% of college admissions officers say applicants to their school who are the children or sibling of alumni have an advantage over those who aren’t.”
  6. Stanford University announced a new free tuition plan for students with families that make less than $125,000 per year.
  7. For the first time this year some Cornell admits got a bit of a surprise – instead of admission for Fall 2015 they were accepted to the Spring 2016 class. This continues the growing trend of spring deferred admission at some of the country’s top colleges.
 
What do you think of this year’s admission rates? The Common Application changes? Tell us in the comments below!
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