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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 26-30

Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

stanford_university_campus_photo.jpgWSJ Debuts New College Rankings List, Kaplan Releases New Survey of College Admission Officers

 

College is on the brain as we transition into October, and closer to early application deadlines, SAT and ACT test dates, and other fall admissions milestones. Stay on track by keeping up with the latest college admissions developments.

This week saw some big college admissions news, with the release of a new college rankings list, updates on SAT scores, and more. Keeping informed on the latest admissions trends and updates is key to a successful college admissions process. At IvyWise, we try to make staying up-to-date a little easier by tweeting relevant news as it happens and bringing 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. The Wall Street Journal debuted its inaugural college rankings list this week, with Stanford University taking the top spot. While we always advise students not to put too much thought into where a college falls on a list, the data collected by lists can be helpful when making college choices. What’s interesting about this WSJ list is, unlike with US News and some other lists, selectivity isn’t considered. Instead, the WSJ list focuses more on student outcomes and opinions on the quality of education. This information can be very valuable to students building their balanced college lists.

Bonus: Here’s how students can create their own college rankings based on their needs and goals.

2. This week Kaplan released a new survey of college admissions officers with insight into how colleges view the new SAT. The most notable finding: 31% of admissions officers surveyed said the new SAT won’t “help them better evaluate applicants’ ability to succeed in their school than the old one did.”

3. This Kaplan survey comes on the heels of The College Board’s release of new SAT data, which found that average SAT scores have declined from last year. Nearly 1.36 million people took the new SAT between March and June 2016.

 

4. In her latest piece for The Huffington Post, Dr. Kat explains what colleges are impressed by the most – good grades – and why.

 

5. Seniors: Are you on track for the admissions process? Use these five fall college prep tips to get ahead.

6. More colleges are starting to drop application fees for low income students and students who are the first in their family to apply to college.

7. Still undecided about whether or not to apply early to your top-choice college? This Teen Vogue piece weighs the pros and cons.

What do you think of this new college rankings metric? Do you think the new SAT is any better than the old test? Tell us in the comments below!

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