Princeton Kicks Woodrow Wilson to the Curb

Princeton University has sung, “I know that I can’t take no more; It ain’t no lie; I want to see you out that door; Baby bye bye bye” to President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson, the 28th president of the United States who also served as the 13th president of Princeton, has … 

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Harvard Class of 2024 Yield Holds Steady

During the months of March and April, as folks in the college admissions community stressed about how many students across America would be taking gap years next year, we expressed that the vast majority of American students would not choose to take gap years. Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball … 

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UPenn Will Open Campus This Fall

One by one, each of the eight Ivy League institutions announced that they’d be going test-optional for the Class of 2025, waiving the SAT / ACT requirement for next year’s batch of applicants. The fact that the institutions each successively announced their policy changes didn’t come as much of a … 

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The Toughest Year Ever in College Admissions

At the conclusion of many admissions cycles, students and parents would sing a popular refrain: “It was the toughest year ever.” Our nation’s elite colleges, in their press releases in which they reported record application numbers, would boast, “It was the most competitive year yet.” But as we have long … 

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Duke Goes Test-Optional for Class of 2025

Duke University has joined the ranks of test-optional schools for applicants to the Class of 2025. Like each of the eight Ivy League institutions and many other highly selective colleges, Duke will not require applicants to next year’s class to submit SAT or ACT scores. These changes — brought on … 

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Yale to Resume Grading in the Fall

Yale University, which switched to a pass / fail grading system this spring due to the closure of the campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume issuing grades this coming fall semester. Students were notified this week that grading will be back on — even if in-person classroom instruction … 

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Northwestern Goes Test-Optional for Class of 2025

The dominoes continue to fall. Northwestern University has announced a change to its admissions policy for applicants to the Class of 2025: the school will be test-optional. Applicants will not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores, though they are free to do so if they wish. Northwestern, like … 

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US News to Include Test-Blind Schools in Rankings

Their hand was forced. In major college admissions news, US News & World Report, the publisher of the college rankings that we would argue hold the most weight among university administrators, parents, and students, has decided to start ranking schools that are test-blind. Note that a test-blind policy is not … 

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UPenn Dean of Admissions to Exit

The University of Pennsylvania’s Dean of Admissions Eric Furda will be stepping down on December 31, 2020 from his post. Furda, who has led UPenn’s admissions office for the past 12 years, is a straight-shooter. For those loyal readers of this college admissions blog, you know we’ve outlined the heroes … 

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Princeton Eliminates Early Action for Class of 2025

In major news in highly selective college admissions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton University has eliminated its Single Choice Early Action round for the Class of 2025. Instead of offering applicants the opportunity to apply by November 1st for Early Action admission and January 1st for Regular Decision admission, … 

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