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WHAT ADMISSIONS DECISIONS REALLY MEAN

This is a lucid and important perspective on the consequential college admissions cycle this year. Implications TBD!

WAIT-LIST FUNDAMENTALS

This is a timely and pertinent article for graduating high school students heading for college.

TEENS ON A YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

Let us pause and listen to youth at this time for self-reflection.

COLLEGE ADMISSION SEASON IS CRAZIER THAN EVER. THAT COULD CHANGE WHO GETS IN.

As expected, highly selective universities received an onslaught of applications due to the implementation of test-optional policies this admission cycle. Data from UPenn indicates that standardized score submitters were accepted at higher rates than non-submitters in the ED round. This reinforces the results from a previous study on test-optionality, but we’ll see if this hold true for other selective colleges as we move through the admissions cycle.

IVY LEAGUE SPRING-SPORT COMPETITION CANCELED BY COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS

The Ivy League decides to cancel all spring competitions, leaving student-athletes feeling betrayed, disappointed, and perplexed.

THE BATTLE TO TEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

TOEFL vs Duolingo…this is an interesting and informative development for the international community seeking to study in the USA.

HARVARD’S MAKING CARING COMMON STUDY FINDS TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS INCREASINGLY LONELY

 

THE FULL STORY ON ADMISSIONS

The pandemic has generated a ‘new norm’ and major changes in expectations. This article discusses the dynamic, ambiguous and challenging scene within the college admissions world”

IVY LEAGUE COLLEGES REPORT DRAMATIC GROWTH IN EARLY ADMISSION APPLICANT POOLS

The WSJ is reporting a skyrocketing increase in early applications to the Ivies and other highly selective colleges. Early applications rose by 12% (BU), 18% (Duke), 22% (Brown), 23% (Penn), 29% (Dartmouth), 28% (Yale) 49% (Columbia), and 57% (Harvard). I suspect there will also be fewer spots due to the number of students who deferred last year, increasing the overall competitiveness. Hang in there Class of 2021! It will all work out in due time.

THE TRUE MAGIC OF COLLEGE HAPPENS FOR JUST 2 OUT OF 100 STUDENTS

This article in the recent issue of FORBES connects with the purpose of an higher education as we reassess our priorities in the Age of COVIS-19, as it may well be called in the future.

THE SECRETS OF ELITE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

As consultants, we hear a lot from college admissions officers about ‘shaping’ their incoming classes. Jeff Salingo explains exactly what that means, providing insight into how the admissions process unfolds.

DARTMOUTH SPORTS CUTS SHOW PANDEMIC’S MOUNTING TOLL ON COLLEGES

And the bad news continues with the cut of 240 college sports at various institutions, including Dartmouth, Stanford, and Brown.

PROF. SCOTT GALLOWAY TALKS TO ANDERSON COOPER – HOW THE PANDEMIC COULD DISRUPT HIGHER EDUCATION

This is a great interview with Stern’s School of Business Scott Galloway on how the pandemic will disrupt higher education. In addition to his predictions, I anticipate we’ll see huge increases in community college enrollment.

WHAT IS COLLEGE WITHOUT THE CAMPUS?

A great article that addresses potential changes in next year’s college admission process and varying options colleges are considering to open campuses next fall.

COLLEGE ACCEPTING 2020 AP CREDITS

It appears the vast majority of colleges will accept AP credits the same way they’ve accepted them in previous years. We’ve already counted more than 100 colleges who’ve confirmed that they will accept AP credits from the 2020 exams.

PENN REMINDS INCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OF GAP YEAR OPTION AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS

UPenn announced today that they are giving international students the option to take a gap year given the US Dept of State’s decision to temporarily suspend visa services. If other colleges & universities follow suit, then next year’s high school seniors may feel the impact as the decision could lead to even lower admission rates.

MAKING TEST OPTIONAL ADMISSIONS REAL

Finally, a sign of leadership on the part of an important segment of the higher education community. This chaotic situation, brought on by massive governmental failure in preventing the COVID-19 virus from invading pervasively and painfully, will have unmeasurable consequences throughout society for a long time.

WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2020

I have many misgivings about university rankings, but it is nevertheless interesting to review some that are well-researched and respected. This is one of them. It is preferable to be informed rather than ignorant.

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