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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 21-25

Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 09:19 AM

Yale Changes Admission Testing RequirementsYale No Longer Requiring SAT Subject Test Scores, Investigation Clears Princeton of Allegations of Anti-Asian Bias in Admissions

October is less than a week away, and with it comes early application crunch time. High school seniors busy with college applications might not have the time to stay informed on the latest higher education news – luckily we’re here to help.

Staying in the know on the latest college admissions news and trends is key to having success in the college application process. The admissions landscape is constantly changing, and what was once common knowledge could be outdated now. At IvyWise, we aim to make staying informed easy by bringing families the latest news in college admissions every Friday.

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

  1. It was announced this week that Yale University is altering its standardized testing requirements for undergraduate admission. Previously, students were required to submit scores from the ACT Plus Writing test, or the SAT along with any two SAT II subject tests. Now, students will only be required to submit scores from either ACT Plus Writing or the redesigned SAT with the optional essay section. SAT Subject Tests are no longer required – but they will be “recommended.”
  2. Princeton University announced this week that the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has cleared the Ivy League university of allegations that it discriminates against Asian and Asian-American applicants in admissions. “The federal civil-rights office said its examination of admissions processes, applicant files, and 15 years’ worth of admissions data at the university had ‘found no evidence of the different treatment of Asian applicants.’”
  3. Some colleges will be getting visits from Presidential candidates when they debate on campus in 2016. It was announced this week that Wright State University, Washington University in St Louis, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas will all host presidential debates, while Longwood University will host the vice-presidential debate.
  4. A simplified financial-aid calculator — much easier to use than the federally mandated calculators that most colleges create — has begun spreading beyond Wellesley College, where it began two years ago.”
  5. A new report on MOOCs has found “that more learners are using MOOCs to further their careers than their education, and also that those from less-advantaged backgrounds are most likely to benefit from the courses.”
  6. Have you ruled out hiring a college admissions consultant? This mom did. Here’s why she reconsidered.
  7. A new report has found that “first-time graduate school enrollment was up 3.5% in 2014 from the year before, the biggest annual increase since 2009.”
  8. This innovative app rewards students for staying off their phones during class. Here’s how it works.
  9. Not going to college is more expensive than paying for that pricey degree. “A 2014 study from the Pew Research Center found that college-educated Millennials outperform their less-educated peers on practically every economic measure.”
  10. Feeling overwhelemd this college admissions season? Here's how high school seniors (and their parents) can help manage college application stress this fall.

What do you think of Yale’s new test requirement for admissions? Do you think more colleges will alter their policies? Tell us in the comments below!


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