May 20th, 2013
Marian Wang of ProPublica writes, “As college-bound students weigh their options, they often look to the various statistics that universities trumpet — things like the high number of applications, high test scores, and low acceptance rate. But students may want to consider yet another piece of info: the ways in which schools can pump up their stats.
“‘There’s no question about it,’ said David Kalsbeek, senior vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University, of tactics to boost selectivity. ‘There are ways of inflating a metric to improve perceived measures of quality.’
“Some of these tweaks — such as a more streamlined application — can actually benefit students. Others serve to make the admissions process more confusing.”
May 16th, 2013
Purvi S. Mody of the Mercury News writes, “Colleges are increasingly offering students a spot in the freshman class starting in the spring semester or winter quarter, rather than the fall. This is a way for schools to offer more positions and at the same time still ensure a quality experience for all its students. It prevents overcrowding in dorms and in classes. It also puts less pressure on the resources offered to students.”
May 13th, 2013
The University of California Office of the President reports, “The University of California admitted a record high number of applicants for its fall 2013 freshman class, 82,850 students who represent a diverse mix of academically accomplished Californians and out-of-state and international residents.”
May 9th, 2013
Paul Sullivan, contributor to The New York Times, writes, “Having a choice is generally a good thing, and being able to choose among several college acceptances should be a wonderful thing indeed. But let’s face it: the cost of a college education these days ranges from expensive to obscenely expensive. So the decision is likely to be tougher and more emotional than most parents and children imagined as they weigh offers from colleges that have given real financial aid against others that are offering just loans.”
May 6th, 2013
Valerie Strauss, contributor to the Washington Post, writes, “It’s the other March Madness: College acceptance season is underway, with schools now sending out e-mails and letters to students across the country about whether they have been admitted or rejected. A new study says that the madness may ease over the next decade as the number of high school graduates drops.”
May 2nd, 2013
Remember to register by May 3rd to take the ACT on June 8th. Late registration is also available through May 17thnd. You can sign up online at www.actstudent.org.
May 1st, 2013
Remember to register by May 7th to take the SAT on June 1st. Late registration is also available through May 22nd. You can sign up online at www.collegeboard.com.
April 25th, 2013
Nancy Griesemer of the Examiner.com writes, ”After ‘two years of discussion about the role writing plays in a holistic selection process’ and considerable feedback from industry professionals, the Common Application Board of Directors today announced essay prompts for 2013-14.”
The essay prompts are:
- Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
April 22nd, 2013
Nancy Griesemer, contributor to the Examiner.com, writes, “After a two-year, $8 million development process, the new Common App boasts of a more modern, simplified user interface offering many of the features requested by member colleges, counselors, and applicants.”