NYU Changes Controversial Admissions Policy, More College Join the Common ApplicationIt was a short week with the Memorial Day holiday, but there was no shortage of higher education news to cover! As students start their summer break, it’s important to remember that college prep doesn’t end with the school year. One of the best ways to prepare for the college admissions process is to stay informed, and our weekly news roundup is one way to do that.
This is especially important for rising high school seniors who should get a head start on their college applications this summer. If you plan to apply to college this fall, information is key, including updates on admissions trends and changes to the Common Application.
Here are some of the top stories in college admissions and higher education news from this past week:
- NYU is changing how it views applicants’ criminal records in the college admissions process. Now, admissions officers will only view an applicant’s criminal record if he or she is selected for admission. Asking about criminal history has been a controversial practice, with many seeing this as a limiting factor for some applicants.
- It was announced this week that more than 60 colleges and universities are joining the Common Application for the 2015-16 admissions season. Some of the notable additions include St. John’s University, Tulane University, and five SUNY schools. This is a sign of the Common App’s expansion efforts working, after it was announced they were removing some of the barriers to use the application, including the penalty for using an additional application and removing the essay requirement.
- "The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced the indictment of 15 Chinese nationals for what authorities called an elaborate scheme that allowed some people to fraudulently win admission to American colleges and to gain U.S. visas."
- Applying to college should be about finding the schools that are the best for you – not the ones with the best sounding names. Dr. Kat explains over at Huffington Post why fit is more important than prestige when it comes to the college admissions process.
- Late to the college admissions party? There are still some colleges accepting freshman and transfer applications for the fall.
- According to The Harvard Crimson’s annual survey, over half of Harvard University’s class of 2015 is graduating with an A- GPA or better.
- Colleges are slowly starting to release yield rates, but how is this useful for prospective college applicants? Yield can determine how colleges make admission decisions.
- This is impressive: Among class of 2015 college graduates this year was an 11-year-old who obtained three different college degrees.
- Higher education marketing is big business, and colleges and universities will pull out all the stops to recruit the next freshman class. Here’s an inside look at what goes into building a class.
- MIT has an admission rate of 8%, but for this set of triplets it’s 100% – they all got in!
What do you think of NYU’s change in how they review applicants’ criminal records? Do you think more colleges will soon join the Common App? Tell us in the comments below!