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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 2-6

Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 09:38 AM

Harvard UniversityMalia Obama to Attend Harvard, Dozens of Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020


It was a big week in college admissions news – from college decisions to major developments for the next admissions cycle. Information is key to a successful college admissions experience, and we have the news you need to know right here!

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

  1. Perhaps the most talked about story this week was First Daughter Malia Obama’s college decision! After much speculation about where she might attend, Malia finally settled on Harvard University – but not for another year. Instead of enrolling in the fall, Malia will take a gap year and join the class of 2021 at Harvard in the fall of 2017.
  2. Malia’s decision has sparked a national conversation about gap years – the benefits, drawbacks, and why it’s a growing trend in the US. Here’s our summary of gap year information and resources.
  3. The official enrollment deadline may have already passed, but many colleges across the US are still accepting applications for the fall. Here’s the full list.
  4. Big news for college bound students: The new Coalition application has officially opened the “locker” portion of its application platform, paving the way for the opening of the actual application later this summer. If you’re not sure what the Coalition is, here’s what you need to know.
  5. With the official enrollment deadline comes a clearer picture of the class of 2020 at each institution with colleges announcing yield rates. Dartmouth was one of the first colleges to release its yield rate for the class of 2020 – 53% of admitted students have enrolled at the Ivy League institution.
  6. It’s also waitlist season, with many colleges moving to admit students off their waitlists after receiving enrollments for the fall. NYU has already admitted a handful of students to specific programs. Keep an eye out for more waitlist decisions in the coming weeks.
  7. Starting the college search process? A new report sheds some light on students' college preferences and how they change from freshman into senior year of high school.
  8. How are you planning to spend your summer? IvyWise counselor Victoria has some suggestions and tips on how to make the most of your summers when applying to college.
  9. Colleges are releasing essay prompts earlier than ever, and the major college applications have already announced their prompts for the 2016-17 applications season. Students can get a head start on their essay writing this summer with this timeline.
  10. Don’t slack off on your test prep this summer! Here’s a checklist for rising juniors and seniors to follow during their break.
  11. Our counselors are much more than mentors for college bound students. Many of our counselors are involved in various service and community projects. Read about counselor Scott’s non-profit Amandla Development and how it improves educational opportunities for students in South Africa.
  12. Our annual reminder: Colleges can rescind acceptances if admitted students make grave senior year mistakes.

What do you think about gap years? Do you plan on using the Coalition locker this admissions season? Tell us in the comments below!


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