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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 9-13

Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 09:50 AM

College Admissions NewsSAT Score Conversion, 2016-17 Common Application Overview


This was a big week for students planning to apply to college this fall, as developments like SAT score comparisons, Common App changes, and more dominated the latest college admissions news.

Staying informed is the key to a successful college admissions process, especially at this time of year as current juniors transition into college applicants. There’s a lot to keep up with, from test prep and college application changes, to trends and developments that could affect students’ chances of admission come fall.

At IvyWise, we aim to help by staying abreast of these trends and bring families the latest college admissions and higher education news every week.

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

  1. This week the College Board finally released the SAT score conversion charts for the new SAT, the old SAT, and the ACT. Now, students can see how their new SAT score converts to the old 2400 scale, and their score’s ACT equivalent. Check out the conversion charts here.
  2. Ready to get started on your college applications for the fall? We’ve put together a guide of the 2016-17 Common Application changes for the class of 2021. Get up to speed on what to expect here.
  3. Now that deposits are in, colleges are starting to release their yield rates, the percentage of admitted students who enrolled, for the class of 2020. This week Harvard reported an 80% yield rate for the incoming class of 2020.
  4. MOOCs are a great tool to help high school students explore areas of interest and learn outside of the classroom. Dr. Kat spoke with US News about the benefits of MOOCs and how they can impact college applications.
  5. Want to know when you’ll get your AP exam scores? Here’s a list of AP exam score release dates and some tips for students taking the exams.
  6. If you’re looking for some extra scholarship money Rihanna might be able to help you out! If you’re a STEM student here are some additional scholarship programs to explore.
  7. A question many recent college grads are asking: How do you get your first job after graduation if the entry-level jobs you apply for all require experience?

What do you think of this year’s Common App changes? How does your SAT stack up? Tell us in the comments below!


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