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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 4-8

Fri, May 08, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

College Admissions News and TrendsAnnual State of College Admissions Report, IvyWise Class of 2015 Admission Results

By now, most college enrollment deposits are in and high school seniors across the country are counting down the days until graduation! While the college admissions process may be over for many of them, there’s still a lot to accomplish before the end of the school year, including acing finals and AP exams! There’s also a lot that high school juniors need to prepare for before the end of the school year, and staying informed on the latest college admissions news should be at the top of the list.
 
Starting early and staying informed is the key to a successful college admissions process, and at IvyWise we try to make that a little bit easier by bringing you the latest higher education and college admissions news every Friday. In this week’s roundup: the latest report on college admissions trends, success rates from this year’s graduating IvyWise class, and more!
 
Here are some of the top stories in admissions and higher education from this past week:
 
  1. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) released its annual State of College Admission report this week. This report surveys colleges and universities across the US to identify admissions developments and trends – helpful information for counselors, students, and parents. This year’s report found that grades are still the most important factor that admissions officers consider and many colleges are ramping up transfer and international students recruitment to make up for a dwindling number of high school graduates. Be sure to check back next week as we dive deeper into the report to give families a better look at what to expect this next application season.
  2. The numbers are in, and the class of 2015 was one of the best in IvyWise history! 90% of students gained admission to one or more of their top three choice colleges, and the class gained admission to over 260 colleges! Read more about where this year’s class was admitted and check out our fun infographic of our students’ success.
  3. The May issue of the IvyWise newsletter went out this week. In this month’s issue: tips for Chinese students interested in applying to college in the US, admission results from IvyWise’s class of 2015, and colleges with some really awesome study abroad programs!
  4. Corinthian Colleges filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, after abruptly shutting down all campuses last week. This is another blow for students who are seeking restitution after it was revealed the for-profit institution misled students and investors about its job placement rates and other finances.
  5. More and more high schools are beginning to require students to take personal finance courses – a step in the right direction to help students prepare before heading off to college.
  6. Smith College announced this week that it will now admit transgender students who identify as women. Smith joins a growing number of women’s colleges that are changing their admissions policy to welcome transgender students.
  7. Is it getting harder to gain admission to state universities? Some students are finding that acceptance to a public university isn’t as easy as they’d thought.
  8. The #CollegeIn5Words hashtag took over Twitter this week, with the White House, Netflix, and other notable institutions taking part in the fun. See what some said here.
  9. Waitlisted at NYU or applied as a transfer student? Read this update on your application status here.
  10. Financial aid can be a huge consideration when deciding where to go to college. IvyWise counselor Meg gave some insight that was featured in The Week as to what to look for when weighing financial aid offers.
  11. If you were accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges which would you choose? If you were this student you wouldn’t choose any of them. Instead, he went with the best fit for him: MIT.
  12. An all-MOOC MBA? The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced it has partnered with Coursera to host courses for the school’s iMBA program.
What do you think the college admissions process will be like next year? Tell us in the comments below!
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