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Tag: College applications
Focusing on First-Generation Students in College Admissions
To my fellow selective college admissions deans, I am asking for a mindset shift. We must stop being receivers of applications. We started in this work as admissions counselors, taught to counsel students to find the right path. Somewhere along the way to our seats at the top, we got complacent. We got comfortable. It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened. We stopped counseling and started receiving.
December 9, 2020
Northern Illinois University Eliminates Use of Standardized Test Scores in Admissions
Northern Illinois University (NIU) will eliminate the use of standardized test scores when making general admission and merit scholarship decisions, beginning with applications for the 2021 fall semester. As a result of the new, test-blind policy, the school says any high school graduate who applies with a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or above will be […]
January 31, 2020
Minnesota State System Waives Application Fee in October
In recognition of October as College Knowledge month, students will be able to submit free applications to any of the 30 colleges or seven universities under Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. “The colleges and universities of Minnesota State offer a transformational education and are the most affordable and accessible options in the state,” said […]
October 1, 2019
Study: Some Four-Year Institutions Provide Inaccurate, Confusing Cost Information
While bipartisan legislation is being introduced to U.S. legislatures on how to improve net price calculators (NPCs) — a tool that shows prospective students total costs of an education after scholarships and federal grants — a newly released research brief found that many four-year institutions are providing misleading or confusing cost information and some universities are not following legislation that requires NPCs to be prominently presented on their website.
March 28, 2019
Pew Survey: 73 Percent of Americans Say Race, Ethnicity Should Not Be Considered In Admissions
According to findings from a new Pew Research Center survey, 73 percent of Americans say colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making student admissions decisions. Seven percent say race should be a significant factor in college admissions decisions, whereas 19 percent say it should be a minor factor. More specifically, 78 […]
February 28, 2019
University of South Florida St. Petersburg Sends 430 Acceptance Emails By Accident
Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) said it recently sent 430 acceptance emails to student applicants by accident. The university said the emails were delivered on Saturday, Jan. 19 and were a result of “human error”, according to a statement to ABC News. “All of us work in higher education because […]
January 24, 2019
Asian American Pacific Islander
At the Harvard Affirmative Action Trial, We’re About to Hear From the Less Than Perfect — Who Got In
With the news of pipe bombs and hot rhetoric, the trial in Boston over Harvard’s use of affirmative action has been anything but a racial hot-button for the president’s base. Maybe they need the Cliff Notes?
October 27, 2018
Study: No Clear Definition On Who is a First-Generation Student
Higher education institutions have made strides in identifying and assisting first-generation students, but the lack of a standardized definition of a first-generation student is negatively impacting how colleges and universities properly aid this group, according to a new study released Wednesday.
October 3, 2018
SAT, ACT now Optional for Colby College Applicants
Colby College applicants are no longer required to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of the application process, Colby College officials announced on Monday. The change will begin with the incoming Class of 2023. This change was made to create more availability for disadvantaged students, emphasize the applicants’ overall accomplishments and reduce college […]
September 25, 2018
LSU Moves Application Focus Away From ACT/SAT Scores
Louisiana’s flagship university is placing more emphasis on applicants’ recommendation letters, personal essays and activities and giving less attention to their ACT and SAT test scores, Louisiana State University (LSU) officials said this week.
September 6, 2018
SDSU Finds Success in Broad Definition of Diversity
San Diego State University’s efforts to attract and maintain a diverse student population begins with a recruitment strategy of reaching out and building strong relationships with prospective students at high schools and community colleges.
August 23, 2018
Brown Receives Record Applications, Admits 2,566
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University’s Office of College Admission last week offered admission to 2,566 students, just 7 percent of 35,438 applicants, the largest applicant pool in the school’s history. The Class of 2022 includes 1,829 offers under regular decision and 737 in the early decision program. That’s 8 percent higher than the Class of […]
April 1, 2018
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