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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

College Admissions NewsColleges Begin Announcing Early Decision Release Dates, What to Do If You Get Deferred

It’s the first week of December, and many students are anxiously waiting for decisions from the colleges to which they applied early. It’s also crunch time for regular applications, as final deadlines are looming.

Staying informed is key to a smooth college application process, but that can be hard this time of year with the holidays, early decisions, and regular application deadlines. At IvyWise we aim to make staying on top of the latest college admissions news easy by bringing you the information you need to know every Friday!

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

  1. December means early decisions are approaching! For those who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice colleges, news on whether they’re admitted, denied, or deferred is coming soon. Some colleges have already released specific dates and times for when they’ll notify applicants of their admissions outcome. Check here for a list of dates and times, and be sure to check back regularly ­– we will update it as more colleges release more specific information.
  2. Just what did this year’s early application class look like? We’ll get more specific information once colleges release their early decisions, but for now here are some early application numbers for the class of 2020.
  3. Our December newsletter went out this week! In this month’s issue: Facts and tips for students who get deferred, some last-minute application mistakes students need to look out for, and what colleges look for when evaluating transfer applications.
  4. Could you be going to college with Malia Obama next fall? The eldest First Daughter is in the thick of the college admissions season just like the rest of the future class of 2020.
  5. Starting this year, the state of Idaho will automatically admit all its public high school seniors to any of the state’s public colleges and universities. The goal is to increase the number of Idaho high school graduates that go onto college.
  6. Affirmative action in admissions is a hot topic again, with the Supreme Court hearing arguments for Fisher v. UT Austin again, but this time around student protests could have an impact on the case.
  7. Good news for college graduates: Underemployment rates have sharply declined – with an underemployment rate of 6.2%, down from 10% in 2010.
  8. California is working to expand the number of California high school gradates in the UC system, with the UC regents adopting a plan that “will expand the enrollment of California undergraduates by 5,000 in the fall and another 5,000 by 2018.”

Are you prepared for early decision notifications? Where do you see Malia Obama attending college in the fall? Tell us in the comments below!

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