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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 19-23

Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

College Admissions NewsACT Scores Delayed, College Admissions Tips for Parents

Early decision and early action deadlines are just around the corner, and with a new development regarding ACT scores from the September test, it’s critical for families to catch up on the latest college admissions news.

There was big news that developed later in the week, with the announcement that there’s a delay in sending official score reports for the September ACT. This could have a profound impact on many students applying early decision or early action. This is the type of information that families need to be informed about, and at IvyWise we aim to make it easier to stay in-the-know with our weekly news roundup.

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

  1. The ACT announced this week that scores from the September exam, which featured the redesigned writing section, are delayed. The reason: a high volume of test-takers and it’s taking longer than expected to score the new writing section. This has left many students who are applying early in a bind as official score reports won’t be sent out until the writing section is scored. So what should students do? ACT is suggesting that students “send a copy of the email they receive from ACT, along with a screenshot of their ACT multiple-choice test scores, to any applicable colleges to verify that they are among the students impacted by this situation." No updates yet as to if this will sufficient for many colleges. We will update as soon as we know more.
  2. Parents: Here are 8 dos and don’ts to consider when helping your student through the college admissions process.
  3. It was announced this week that Pharrell Williams is the 2015 Artist-in-Residence at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As part of his residency, Williams will also teach a class and participate in additional university events, details of which will be announced at a later date.
  4. How would you like to live in a luxury hotel? Many NYU students are getting that experience, as the university struggles to meet the housing needs of students.
  5. Attending the Big Apple College Fair in NYC this weekend (or any college fair this year)? Here are some good tips to help students get the most out of college fairs.
  6. “Northeastern University on Saturday unveiled a new discounted tuition policy in which the parents or older siblings of undergraduates can receive 25% off tuition if they attend Northeastern graduate school.”
  7. Wayne State University this week announced a plan that will pay for the complete undergraduate and medical degrees of 10 students.
  8. Parents: Here’s a good piece from a Stanford dean in Washington Post about helicopter parenting and how it affects college students.
  9. From Dartmouth’s campus paper: “Admissions turnover unlikely to affect applications.”
  10. The Atlantic published a good piece on the new Coalition application and its implications for future applicants. Read it here.

Are you affected by the ACT score delay? What tips do you have for parents guiding students through the college application process? Tell us in the comments below!

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