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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 2-6

Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

College Admissions NewsThe Economist Releases First College Rankings List, College Board Publishes 2015 Trends in Higher Education Report

Now that the majority of early application deadlines have passed, the focus at this point in the college admissions process is on finishing those regular decision applications before the Jan. 1 deadlines! During this time it’s important to keep up with any admissions news and developments that might affect students’ application strategies.

One of the best things that students can do when applying to college is to stay informed. At IvyWise, we strive to help families stay ahead of the next college admissions trend and keep them informed on any developments that might impact their college applications. One way we do this is by bringing you the latest college admissions news every Friday.

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

  1. The Economist is the latest publication to throw its hat into the college rankings ring, releasing its first rankings list that aims to quantify the “value” of colleges. The number one school on The Economist’s list: Washington and Lee University.
  2. The College Board’s 2015 “Trends in Higher Education” report was released this week and one major finding was that “student debt levels and tuition pricing continue to level out since the recession.”
  3. There was a lot of panic the past couple of weeks as it was announced that both ACT and SAT scores were delayed going into the early application deadline for many colleges and universities. NBCNews.com has an update on the situation and Dr. Kat gave some insight into how this issue has affect students and parents.
  4. The November newsletter went out this week! In this month’s issue: Tips for students who are behind on their college applications, how students can use social media in their college prep, and a look behind the scenes of the admissions office and how the admissions review committee works.
  5. Students spend a lot of time crafting their personal statements, but the supplemental essays on the Common App can be just as important. Dr. Kat spoke with the Boston Globe about why students shouldn’t rush through their additional essays.
  6. Want to learn what the college admissions process is really like? Dr. Kat wrote a piece for Noodle that gives families an inside look at the admissions process – from how applications are read to what helps a student get in or keep them out.
  7. A new Kaplan survey released this week found that 43% of parents of college-bound students say their teen is taking both SAT and ACT in an effort to see which they perform better on. One misconception that abounds: That it’s necessary to take both because a student “plans on applying to schools in different states and I think schools in different geographies prefer one over the other.”
  8. How much time do you think US teens spend in front of a screen every day?
  9. Will affirmative action in admissions survive? Many colleges have weighed in as the Fisher vs. UT Austin case proceeds in the Supreme Court.
  10. Cafeteria food doesn’t have to be a drag! These colleges have some awesome on-campus dining options.

What do you think of The Economist’s take on college rankings? Are you planning to take both the SAT and ACT? Tell us in the comments below!

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