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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 24-28

Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 12:57 PM

early application deadlines.jpgNew College Admissions Guide for Parents and Students, Early Application Deadlines Approach

 

We’re just days away from some of the first early application deadlines on Nov. 1, and there’s a lot of college admissions news and information to help carry students and parents through this first admissions milestone.

The college admissions process is constantly changing, and staying informed is the key to a successful admissions journey. That is why we aim to bring you the latest college admissions news, tips, and information every Friday.

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

  1. Ready to start the college admissions process but not sure where to begin? We launched a new College Admissions Guide this week, with information that parents and students need to know in order to get started with college planning and prep! Download the free guide here!
  2. Applying to your top-choice school early decision or early action? Check out our blog for some last minute tips!
  3. If you’re applying to a college early decision make sure to weigh the gravity of your commitment. Early decision applicants must enroll if admitted, and there can be consequences for students who break that commitment without a valid reason.
  4. Students applying to the University of Illinois will have the opportunity to apply early action for the first time in two years.
  5. The high school graduation rate in the US is up – at 83.2%. This is good news on the surface, but a deeper dive shows some students are still lagging.
  6. More and more students are applying to STEM programs. With the increase in STEM applicants at some universities, how can students stand out in a growing applicant pool? Dr. Kat has some advice over at The Huffington Post.
  7. Too young to start coding apps? Never! Dr. Kat spoke with the New York Post about how children are building basic coding and math skills through playtime.
  8. Want to see how a college or university’s listed tuition has changed over time? The Chronicle of Higher Education published a great tool this week that displays the advertised tuition and fees of over 3,000 institutions, along with price comparisons from as far back as 1998.
  9. Be smart with your social media at all times. What you post online can have consequences in college, too.
  10. Follow the college admissions journey of three teenagers in Topeka, Kansas in The New York Times new online profile series.
  11. We’ve posted some new counselor videos and tips this week! Check out our Vimeo page for new videos!
  12. We also participated in this week’s #CollegeCash chat over on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter and check out the #CollegeCash hashtag to see the convo!

Are you ready for Nov. 1 early application deadlines? What questions do you have about the college admissions process? Tell us in the comments below!

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