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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 7-11

Fri, Nov 11, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

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Where has the time gone? Thanksgiving is around the corner and so is the first round of early decision release dates. Here’s what you need to know between now and then.

Staying informed is key to having a successful college admissions journey. The college admissions landscape is constantly changing, so it can be hard for busy students and parents to keep up with the news they need to know. At IvyWise, we aim to make staying informed easier by bringing you the latest college admissions and higher education news every Friday.

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

  1. The biggest news this week was obviously the US presidential election. While the effects of the presidential election on higher education remain to be seen, a number of states had ballot measures this election cycle that could affect higher education . Inside Higher Ed put together a post on state-level measures, how people voted, and how they will affect higher education in those states.
  2. The first round of early admission decision release dates for the class of 2021 is right around the corner! Our annual early decision notification date list is live – check it out here. While few specifics are available, like exact dates and times, it’s helpful to have an idea of when to expect your decision – whether it’s an acceptance, rejection, or deferral. Be sure to check back regularly for new dates and times, as we’ll be updating the list daily throughout November and December as colleges release more information.
  3. Speaking of early applications, some stats on early application numbers for the class of 2021 are starting to trickle out. The University of Pennsylvania announced a record-high number of early applications this fall, with 5,999 students applying early decision.
  4. Could students applying to Yale University this fall have a better chance of admission? The Ivy League university is expected to admit about 300-400 more students this year, as the freshman class is adding 175 additional spots. Students should be cautioned, however, as Yale’s acceptance rate was one of the lowest in 2016, with only 6.3% of applicants making the cut for the class of 2020. An additional 300-400 acceptances seems like a lot for the institution, but Yale tends to see an increase of about 1,000 applications every year.
  5. Want to go on a college visit with DJ Khaled? He’s helping launch a new program that will host over 20 Snapchat college tours in an effort to expand college access for students across the country.
  6. Are you using college rankings to make decisions about where to apply? A new poll of Brown’s undergraduates found that almost 1/3 of current Brown undergrads said that college rankings were a “strong factor” in their decision to attend the Ivy League university.
  7. Nobody knows more about the college admissions process than college admission officers themselves. Get some great college prep tips and insights from the experts right here.
  8. Our November newsletter is also out! In this month’s issue: 3 College Application Essay Mistakes Admissions Officers See Every Year, Preparing for Graduate Admission Exams: Tips for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and More, and IvyWise Inspiration: Strive to Be Both Open-Minded and Patient When Applying to College.

Are you ready for early decisions? Do you think colleges will see record-high numbers of applications for the class of 2021? Tell us in the comments below!

If you’re just starting the college prep process, or just want some more information on what it takes to gain admission to your top-choice universities, be sure to download our free College Admissions Guide!

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