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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

College Admissions NewsNew College Application Platform Announced, Survey Finds Only 13% of Colleges Will Require New SAT Essay

It was a busy week for higher education news, as some big announcements were made, new trends revealed, and admissions leaders from across the country gathered for an annual conference.

As we close in on early application deadlines, college admissions is a hot topic and there’s a lot of new developments that families need to keep up with. At IvyWise, we aim to make this easier by bringing you the latest college admissions news every Friday.

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

  1. It was announced this week that over 80 colleges – including all eight Ivy Leagues and Stanford, have formed a new partnership and a plan to alter the college admissions process as we know it. The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success will launch a new college application platform in the summer of 2016, which will serve as an alternative to the Common Application. Here’s a breakdown of the group’s goals and what to expect with the new coalition application.
  2. There are a lot of questions about how admissions offices will weigh SAT scores after the changes to the test take effect in 2016. A new Kaplan survey found that only 13% of colleges plan to require the new SAT essay, which will be optional on the new test. Included in that 13%, however, are some of the country’s top universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and more.
  3. An additional survey of college admissions officers, by Gallup and Insider Higher Ed, found that enrollment is a big concern for admissions officials. Over half of admission directors said they were concerned about meeting enrollment goals. What does this mean for college applicants? Demonstrated interest might matter more than ever.
  4. Another survey released this week, this time by Gallup, found that half of college graduates strongly agreed that their college education was worth the cost.
  5. It's one of the biggest weekends for college admissions professionals: NACAC's 71st Annual Conference. Follow along with conference news, events, and more with the #nacac15 hashtag.
  6. ZeeMee, a new platform that aims to help students enhance their college applications, has raised $5.8 million in funding.
  7. One of the biggest challenges of applying to college early decisions is financial aid. Make sure you know what to expect.
  8. There are some big Supreme Court cases coming up, and one could affect the college admissions process.
  9. This is pretty cool: Colleges are helping students build their startups by offering free legal guidance.
What do you think of the new coalition application? Do you plan on taking the optional essay portion of the new SAT when it’s launched in 2016? Tell us in the comments below!
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