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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 18-22

Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

College Admissions News2015-16 Common Application Changes, Harvard Accused of Discrimination in College Admissions

We took a break last week, but we’re back right before the holiday weekend to bring you the latest college admissions and higher education news! The school year may be winding down, but it’s a busy time in college admissions as the next round of students begin preparing for the application process this summer. There’s a lot that rising seniors can do now to prepare for the college admissions season – including staying up to date on the latest news.
 
From Common Application changes to controversial admissions practices, there has been a lot going on in the world of admissions. For college bound students and their parents, staying informed is key to having a successful college application process.
 
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education news from this past week:
  1. Some significant changes are coming to the Common Application this fall and we have everything you need to know right here! Check out the changes for the 2015-16 Common Application and how you can prepare for them before the August 1 open date.
  2. Harvard University is in hot water after over 60 Asian American organizations filed a federal complaint against the Ivy League college, alleging that the school discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions practices.
  3. Speaking of Harvard, the school reported an 81% yield rate for the Class of 2019, very similar to the yield rate the past two years.
  4. Have a bad case of senioritis? Better fight it off! Dr. Kat spoke with NBC News about the dangers of the senior slump, how it can affect your college admissions decision, and how to prevent it!
  5. Remember how we said one of the college admissions trends for 2015 was an increase in international recruitment? Well the University of San Francisco has announced a new admissions program aimed at Chinese students, allowing them to apply with only their score from the grueling Chinese entrance exam the gaokao and an in-person interview.  
  6. Kaplan released the results of a survey of college admissions counselors this week that found that about 72% of counselors say that the changes coming to the SAT in 2016 aren’t affecting how they're advising students on which test to take.
  7. If you got into every Ivy League college, which one would you go it? If you’re this student you’d choose none of them. Read why this all-Ivy Leaguer decided to go to a public state university instead.
  8. Looking for grad gift ideas? Here are some great gift ideas for recent high school graduates.
  9. Good news for the college class of 2015: The number of postings for college jobs has increased by more than 10% through the first part of 2015.
  10. Are you one of those 2015 graduates looking for a job? These are the cities for new graduates to look.
  11. While some may view public state universities as cheap alternative to private colleges, the reality is that the tuition break for in-state students is slowly disappearing.
  12. This is fun: A California school district held a “signing day” event for college bound students, similar to what student-athletes do when they accept an athletic scholarship.
  13. Talk about getting a head start: This teen got a college degree before graduating high school.
  14. Do colleges look at applicants’ social media profiles? Yes, but not all the time.
  15. Colleges do look at a student’s high school and its profile, rigor, courses, etc. when evaluating applicants, however, you don’t have to go to a top-tier high school to get into a highly selective college.
What do you think of the new changes to the Common Application? Do you think the complaint against Harvard will influence admissions policies going forward? Tell us in the comments below!
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