Early Admission Policy Changes

Just about every year, some schools choose to change their Early Decision or Early Action policies. This year — for the Class of 2023 — is no exception. Some schools have added Early Decision II programs, while others have removed Early Decision II programs. Still other schools have changed the … 

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Top 25 American Film Schools

Curious which universities in the United States offer the best educations in film? Well, “The Hollywood Reporter” is out with a ranking. Hey, “US News & World Report,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and so many other publications put out college rankings…why can’t one of the Hollywood trade publications? Now as regular … 

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Increased Enrollment at Women’s Colleges

A new pattern has emerged at many of America’s women’s colleges. More and more students are choosing to enroll at these schools. From Barnard to Bryn Mawr to Mount Holyoke, Smith, Wellesley, and more, women’s colleges have been receiving renewed interest since 2016. In sports, you tend to be at … 

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ACT and Students with Disabilities

Back in 2002, ACT, Inc. was supposed to stop flagging the exams of test-takers who were afforded extra time due to disabilities — and the move was retroactive to 1999. The switch was in response to a settlement reached in a 1999 lawsuit in which the organization essentially found itself … 

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UPenn Basketball Scandal

A couple of weeks back, we reported on the scandal brewing at the University of Pennsylvania over an alleged bribe paid to UPenn’s former head men’s basketball coach in exchange for his recruitment of a then-high school student from Florida (and current UPenn undergraduate), Morris Esformes. In short, this question … 

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Drama at Columbia Medical School Admissions Office

The dean of admissions of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons resigned yesterday as a result of an ongoing dispute with the dean of the faculty of medicine. The dispute apparently concerned the removal of a member of the admissions committee. As we’ve learned, the dean of … 

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Criminal History Question on Common Application

Beginning in the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, the criminal history question will no longer be a part of the Common Application, the most widely used college application platform. This change marks a course reversal for Common App. since just last year the organization made a public announcement that the question would … 

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Graded Papers in College Admissions

Princeton University and Brown University both recently announced that they’ll be requiring applicants to submit graded papers. This decision takes effect this admissions cycle and comes on the heels of both schools rendering the submission of an SAT or ACT essay score optional. Make no mistake, applicants to these elite universities … 

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