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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 7-11

Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

College Admissions NewsBrown Admitted 196 Waitlist Students for the Class of 2019, Slate Debuts New College Admissions Podcast

It was a short week for students across the country, and for many it was officially back to school time! Now’s the time for high school students across the country to start the school year off on the right foot – and get ready for the college admissions process!

One of the most important things that families can do when preparing for the college application season is to stay informed on the latest developments in admissions and higher education news. The college admissions landscape is constantly changing, and information is the key to helping students gain admission to their top-choice colleges.

IvyWise aims to demystify the college admissions process by providing students and parents with timely and important information through our monthly newsletter, blog, website, media appearances, and social media accounts. With so much going on, there’s a lot to keep up with! That’s why every week we bring you the latest in higher ed and admissions news.

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

  1. Brown University admitted 196 students off the waitlist for the class of 2019, 154 more than the Ivy League school admitted off the waitlist last year. This is a huge jump as many colleges struggle to accurately predict yield rates.
  2. The first episode of Slate’s new college admissions podcast, Getting In, debuted this week. The podcast, hosted by the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, will follow a group of New York high school seniors in real time as they go through the college application process.
  3. You’re not the only one feeling some back to school jitters. Even celebrities get nervous on their first day of school.
  4. Letting go of a college bound student can be hard for any parent – even if you’re the President of the United States.
  5. It was revealed this week that Intel will no longer sponsor the Science Talent Search, one of the most prestigious science and mathematics competition for American high school students. Intel will continue it’s support until 2017, when its current contract will end.
  6. Dr. Kat wrote a great piece for Noodle about how your hometown can affect your admissions chances.
  7. The new ACT writing test will be administered for the fist time tomorrow. Are you aware of the changes?
  8. Our September newsletter came out this week! In this month’s issue: Your Balanced College List: How Many Colleges You Should Apply To?, What Colleges Look for in a Student’s Activities List, and Testing Guide for International Students.
  9. As college bound high school seniors dive head first into their applications, many spend a lot of time wondering how to make their essays stand out from all the rest. Here are some tips to help.
  10. Dr. Kat spoke with DuJour magazine and gave some tips on what high school students can be doing now to improve their chances of admission to their top-choice colleges.
  11. Love fine art? Harvard students can now rent famous pieces of art to display in their dorm rooms.

What are you most looking forward to this school year? Are you ready to apply to college? Tell us in the comments below!

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