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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 12-16

Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

College Admissions NewsJob Market For Recent Grads Best Since 1999, Coalition Application Receives More Criticism

We’re less than two weeks way from many early decision and early action deadlines! Make sure you’re staying informed on the latest higher education news!

As we approach the first milestone of this application season – early deadlines – it’s important for students (and parents) to stay on track and stay informed. A lot can happen in the weeks leading up to application deadlines, and it’s critical to know what’s going on. At IvyWise, we aim to make this easier by brining you the latest college admissions news every Friday.

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

  1. According to a new survey released this month from Michigan State University, this is best the labor market for college graduates since 1999. The annual survey found that companies are hiring 8% to 18% more college graduates this year over 2014-2015. This is also the third consecutive “good year” of hiring since the recession.
  2. This week more than 100 college counselors sent a letter to the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, expressing concerns they have with the new application and proposed “virtual locker.” Since the announcement of the new coalition application there has been much criticism of the effort. Read more about the coalition and the coalition’s college application here.
  3. Need some SAT help? Dr. Kat spoke with Teen Vogue and gave some of her tips on how to ace the college admissions exam.
  4. This week the Department of Education announced a new pilot program that will allow students to use federal loans and grants to finance nontraditional education endeavors like coding bootcamps and MOOCs.
  5. Some student in Baltimore got some very unpleasant news when they learned that 88 ACT tests were lost in the mail. The students affected will have to retake the exam.
  6. Juniors: Don’t fall behind on your college prep this year. Here are some college prep resources to help you stay on track into senior year.
  7. Higher education and college affordability was a big topic during the Democratic Party’s first presidential debate this week. Here’s a good rundown of what the presidential hopefuls said.

What do you think of the Coalition application? Has the job market affected your college search? Tell us in the comments below!

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