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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 5-9

Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

College Admissions NewsCoalition Application Pushes Back Locker Portfolio Open Date, 2015-16 Early Application Deadlines

The first full week of October is coming to a close, and for students getting ready to submit early applications, there’s a lot to keep up with!

Staying informed is the best college admissions strategy, especially in the final weeks leading up to submitting applications. The college admissions landscape is always changing, and there’s always a new development to keep up with. At IvyWise, we strive to make the college application process as easy as possible for families, by making sure they’re well informed about what to expect when applying to college. This is why we bring you the latest college admissions news every Friday.

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

  1. After it was announced that over 80 colleges were forming a coalition to create a new college application, complete with a portfolio or “locker” component that would let students begin sharing materials with colleges as early as 9th grade, the initiative came under much criticism. The new application, which is set to launch in the summer of 2016, planned to open the locker component in January of 2016. Now, the coalition has pushed back the locker open date to April of 2016.
  2. While over 80 colleges are embracing the new coalition application, others are sticking to the Common App.
  3. We’re less than a month away from many early action and early decision deadlines. Here’s a list of early deadlines to make note of.
  4. The Common Application came under fire earlier this year after announcing it will give colleges the option to ask applicants where else they are applying. Now, thanks to new guidelines by NACAC, colleges soon won’t be able to ask about this at all. This is good news for students, as it removes one component of an already confusing process.
  5. Our October newsletter went out this week! Be sure to check out this month’s issue featuring pieces on early application tips, test optional colleges, and the value of a liberal arts degree.
  6. Want to “snap” your way into college? Many schools are taking advantage of the photo sharing app’s popularity and using it to reach students through geo filters, dedicated Snapchat accounts that show students life, and more.
  7. Could Malia Obama be your classmate at college next year?
  8. Studying abroad isn’t just a fun experience – it can help you when it comes time to find a job after college.
  9. MIT is launching a new graduate degree program that will be half MOOC, half in-person instruction.

What do you think about the Coalition’s decision to delay the launch of the locker feature? Are you using Snapchat to research colleges? Tell us in the comments below!

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