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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 5-9

Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

2015_SOCA_Report.jpgNew Survey of College Admissions Officers Reveals What’s Most Important When Applying to College


It’s officially back to school season, and as students ease into the new school year college planning is back on the minds of many families. There were a number of college admissions news stories this week, and we have everything you need to know right here!

Staying informed is key to a successful college admissions process. The admissions landscape is constantly changing, and stuents and parents need to know what’s happening and how it affects their college preparation strategy. At IvyWise we aim to make this easier by 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. What matters most when applying to college? NACAC’s annual State of College Admissions survey was released this week, and revealed that, once again, grades are the most important factor that colleges consider when making admission decisions. Other factors like curriculum and test scores are also at the top, while things like class rank are toward the bottom. Read the summary and full report here.
  2. Harvard University has been ordered to release six years worth of admissions data as part of an investigation into whether the Ivy League university discriminates against Asian-American applicants in the admissions process.
  3. Ready for back to school? These apps will keep you organized and prepared all throughout the semester!
  4. What does NYU’s class of 2020 look like? Here are some quick facts about this year’s NYU freshman class. Also, check out Princeton’s welcome to the class of 2020!
  5. Our September newsletter went out this week! In this month’s issue: Students’ Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT, Balancing Senior Year and College Applications, The Case for Reviving the Humanities, and IvyWise Gives Back: Counselor Juaquin’s Work With Horizons Albuquerque.
  6. Speaking of humanities, a new study has found that enrollments in history have declined, dropping by 7.6% from 2012-13 to 2014-15.
  7. We’ve put together the ultimate college admissions guide for students applying to college this fall. It has information and resources to help students from start to finish!
  8. While most families hop in the car to take a college visit, some are choosing to take a private jet instead.

What do you think about the new State of College Admissions report? Are you ready for back to school? Tell us in the comments below!

Have some questions about applying to college this fall? Be sure to join us for our Twitter chat Sept. 26 at 6 pm ET, where IvyWise counselor Rachel will be answering your questions about applying early decision and early action. Follow along on Twitter using #ChatIvyWise, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!


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