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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

college admissions news snapchat.jpgCollege to Send Acceptances Over Snapchat, More Colleges Announce Early Decision Release Dates

 

It’s December, and for many students it’s crunch time to get all of their college applications completed and prepare for final exams. For students who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice college, it’s also the time of year when they’ll learn their early admission decision. We have updates on this and more in our weekly roundup! Staying informed is key to a successful admissions process, and at IvyWise we strive to make that a little easier by bringing you 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. Forget the fat envelope in the mail – or even an email! The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay reveled this week that it will be notifying accepted students of their admission decision over Snapchat. It’s not unusual for colleges to come up with creative ways to notify students of their acceptances, and this is especially timely as colleges are using Snapchat more and more to connect with prospective students.
  2. More information is slowly becoming available about when colleges will release admission decisions for early decision and early action applicants. Check out our post here for updated dates and information.
  3. After your early decision comes in, what do you do if you’ve been deferred? While it’s not ideal, it’s also not the end of the world. Here are some tips on what to do if you’re deferred from your top-choice college.
  4. Our December newsletter went out this week, and in addition to deferral tips, this month’s newsletter also included articles on application red flags and how to fix them, study tips for finals, and advice from a former IvyWise student and Harvard grad on what students can do to prioritize their interests and hobbies.
  5. Good news for students who need testing accommodations: The College Board is making it easier for students with learning differences to get accommodations, like extra time, for the SAT, PSAT, and AP exams.
  6. If you’re just starting the college prep process, make sure you’re privy to all the admissions lingo.More and more colleges are becoming test-optional or test-flexible, and George Washington University has reported some positive results since adopting a test-optional policy, with a more diverse class and a higher median GPA.

What do you think of getting you admission decision over Snapchat? Are you on track with your college apps? If not it’s time to catch up!

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