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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 16-20

Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

College Admissions NewsColleges Report Early Application Numbers for the Class of 2020, New Report Finds More International Students Studying in the US

With Thanksgiving right around the corner we’re entering the final stretch of the college application season! Deadlines are looming, and it’s important this time of year for students to stay informed on what’s happening in the world of college admissions.

As we await early admission decisions, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure colleges are building a well-rounded freshman class for next fall. Staying informed is one of the most important things college bound students and parents can do when applying to college. At IvyWise we aim to make this easier by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday.

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

  1. Early decision and early action deadlines have come and gone, and now students are anxiously waiting to hear back from colleges. In the meantime, some elite colleges have given a glimpse into the first pool of applicants for the Class of 2020. Yale University reported a slight dip in the number of early applications – 4,662 compared to 4,693 last year. Meanwhile Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University all reported an increase in the number of early applications for the Class of 2020.
  2. The annual Open Doors report was released this week and found a 10% increase in the number of international students studying in the US. China and India are the top countries of origin for international students studying in the US. The increase in international enrollment comes as no surprise, as colleges have increased their international recruiting efforts to make up for a plateau in the number of US high school graduates. If you’re an international student interested in applying to college in the US, make sure you know the nuances of the process. Our international guide can help.
  3. There’s been a lot of criticism and questions surrounding the new Coalition application and how it will affect the college admissions process. Harvard’s dean of admissions addressed some of those concerns this week in a piece for The Harvard Crimson.
  4. NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development released a study this week that highlights how students use different strategies to try to gain admission to their top-choice colleges.
  5. Recording a video as part of your college application? Video essays have been popular in recent years, but some students still struggle with how exactly to approach these alternative applications. Here’s how to record a compelling college application video essay.
  6. Money’s online College Planner series has some great info for college bound students. Here’s a recent piece on the importance of demonstrated interest. Also be sure to check out our college planning checklists as another resource to help you prepare for the college admissions process.

What do you think of this year’s early application numbers? What do you think of Harvard’s concerns about the Coalition application? Tell us in the comments below!

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