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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 31 - June 3

Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 09:54 AM

uchicago admission rateUChicago Announces Class of 2020 Admission Rate, Brown Names New Dean of Admission


It was a short week for many as families across the US celebrated Memorial Day, but there was a still a lot happening in higher education and college admissions!

While many students are beginning their summer break, colleges and universities across the country are just getting started on the class of 2021. The summer is a critical time for college prep – both for colleges and prospective students. Staying informed is important during the summer months, as students can be set back in their college prep if they show up or the fall semester uninformed and unprepared.

All summer long we’ll be bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday, so students can be prepared for the college application process this fall.

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

  1. The University of Chicago announced this week that it admitted 7.9% of applicants to the class of 2020. While many colleges announced their admission rates at the end of March, UChicago, along with many other elite colleges and universities, had yet to release their statistics for this year’s incoming freshmen. The highly selective college also announced a 66% yield rate for the class of 2020, up from 61% the year before. See more class of 2020 admission rates here.
  2. The University of Pennsylvania also announced its yield rate for the class of 2020 this week, with 68-69% of admitted students choosing to attend the Ivy League university. See more class of 2020 yield rates here.
  3. Students applying to Brown University will have a new name to remember! It was announced this week that Logan Powell will be the new dean of admissions at the Ivy League university.
  4. Students interested in Cal Poly will no longer have the option to apply early. It was announced this week that Cal Poly is suspending its early admission program, only allowing students to apply for admission through the regular round.
  5. The practice of “grade shadowing,” where colleges share first-semester grades with students but don’t include them on their transcript, is coming under fire.
  6. We all know college is expensive, but so is applying. With college application fees as high as $90, applying to a balanced list of schools can add up fast. Here’s how to save some money on college application fees.
  7. It’s summer break for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop. Summer brain drain, where students forget some key learning from the past year, is a problem that can be prevented by staying active and engaged over the summer – especially when applying to college.
  8. A new report highlights the benefits of a study abroad scholarship program targeted toward low-income students.
  9. While some groups are calling for an investigation into how selective colleges evaluate Asian-American applicants, others are showing support for affirmative action practices.
  10. How will the new Coalition application work this fall? Two colleges give some insight on how they plan to use the new application once it launches.
  11. Our June newsletter went out this week! In this month’s edition: How to read your new SAT score report, what to expect when working with your college counselor, and how IvyWise counselor Nat gives back to his local community through his work with A Better Chance in Westport.

What do you think of UChicago’s record-low admission rate? How do you plan to fight summer brain drain? Tell us in the comments below!


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