Ready to tour some Iowa colleges this week!
You never know how a day of touring will end! Overheated bus in the middle of nowhere. Just an adventure , thankfully with friends!
Last stop on a long and hot but fantastic day of college tours ended in Fort Collins at Colorado State. Next stop: Laramie, Wyoming to tour University of Wyoming tomorrow.
CU Boulder. Such a beautiful campus!
Colorado college tours! First up, University of Denver.
Early Action decisions will be released at 5PM today!
Will this become a policy going forward beyond the next two years? https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-extends-test-optional-admissions-two-years?fbclid=IwAR1uPkcrolPrMRP6w-QkoswtX9aKUd8TkbxtOJMmvF7wHMyb1UJWdcSwZ-k
UVA Extends Test-Optional Admissions for Two Years
The University is making the move to ease applicants’ anxiety as COVID-19 continues to potentially disrupt administration of both the SAT and ACT.,
Another tough year at Virginia Tech.
A new record high: Virginia Tech receives more than 45,000 applications for first-year admission
The recent surge in applications is attributed to the successful removal of barriers that discouraged applicants from underrepresented and underserved populations.
"UVA admitted 21% and selected another 10% from its waitlist this year, about 5,000 applicants. Last year, UVA wait-listed about 4,500 applicants, and 550 of them ultimately enrolled, a school spokesman said.
William & Mary wait-listed 28% of its applicants, which is about 1,000 more students than in previous years, a school spokeswoman said. Virginia Tech wait-listed 15,000 applicants, 35% more than last year."
A waitlist of 15,000. Wow.
Virginia's top colleges are wait-listing more applicants, raising expectations
UVA, Virginia Tech and William & Mary received a record number of applications, which has caused them to wait-list more high school students.
A challenging application season ahead, on all sides.
How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions
Because of the pandemic, many students will be applying without standardized test scores and several other metrics selective schools have long relied on to make admissions decisions.
This is the cover page of my son's alumni magazine that arrived in the mail today. I think it is a good message to remember in these trying times. I honestly believe that when they come out on the other side, this generation will be stronger and more resilient than many previous ones. Hang in there.
Virginia Tech adopts Common App for fall 2020 admissions
With the addition of the Common App, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions continues its momentum in evolving an application process that eliminates barriers and makes a college education more attainable for more students.
Just keep in mind though - test optional doesn't necessarily mean "test blind". While not submitting scores will not hurt the applicant, submitting good scores can be a plus. For those not submitting scores, admission committees will be looking more closely at other credentials such as rigor of curriculum, extracurricular activities, essays, and recommendation letters.
And some colleges will still require test scores for merit scholarships.
More Than Half of All U.S. Four-Years Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional for Fall 2021 Admission | FairTest
A new tally of higher education testing policies shows that more than half of all 4-year colleges and universities will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores for fall 2021 admission. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), which maintains a master list, reports that 1,24...
"Current events show that when it comes to treating one another like fuller human beings, we need all the help we can get."
Opinion | The End of College as We Knew It?
Restaurants get eulogies. Airlines get bailouts. Shakespeare gets kicked when he’s down.
Virginia Tech will be test-optional for applicants applying in the 2020-21 cycle. Several other colleges have done the same, with more to follow I would assume.
Admissions process to lift testing requirement for 2020-21 cycle
There will be no advantage or special consideration for students who choose to take the tests, and no penalty for those who choose to not take the tests.
April ACT canceled (postponed to June 13 test date)
April 2020 National Exam COVID-19 - The ACT Test
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from AC...
May SAT is canceled.
Coronavirus Impact Updates
College Board is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as the situation continues to rapidly evolve, we are focused on the health and safety of students, educators, and their communities.
While I know it is probably the right thing to do, I'm sad for the seniors who don't get a proper good-bye. I'm hopeful that at least, if graduations are canceled, that they find a way to do a make-up ceremony for them.
College in the Coronavirus Era: Wistful Goodbyes and a Sense of Loss
“I feel like a lot of experiences have been stolen from me,” said one Cornell University senior, as students left campus.
Each year, as college costs rise, it becomes more and more difficult for families to keep pace with the costs. There is definitely a middle to upper middle class squeeze: those who qualify for little to no need based aid yet can’t reasonably pay the cost of attendance.
I do appreciate U Dayton communicating upfront about the cost over all four years instead of one year at a time; a step in the right direction when planning costs.
So You Got Financial Aid for College. But How Do You Pay for the Rest of It?
More families are now struggling to fill the tuition gap after their financial aid falls short, forcing them to make some difficult decisions.
Kudos to Bowie State! Food insecurity is a growing problem on college campuses.
Bowie State University opens food pantry that feeds students for free
Monday is the grand opening of a new food pantry and nutrition lounge at Bowie State University. It is located in the basement of the library and is free to all students. Food Lion Feeds donated $10,000 to the university to help open the food pantry and nutrition lounge. The university said many of....
In this age of online decision notifications, Clemson still does it old school and mails the "big envelope". My student LOVED everything about Clemson and was beyond thrilled to get her mail yesterday! (For privacy reasons, I added the smiley emoji - but honestly, I think her smile was even bigger!)
This is so true. While many students are celebrating their early decisions this week, some are feeling great disappointment. My own kids roll their eyes when I tell them my philosophy of "everything happens for a reason", but I really do believe it.
“More importantly, I no longer feel an extreme sense of urgency to have it ‘all figured out’.”
I applaud this young woman’s ability to listen to her inner voice and act on it before things could have gone very differently.
Why I Dropped Out Of An Ivy League College 3 Weeks Into Freshman Year
I was following the promise of fortune and success as defined by my parents.
Well, this is eye-opening. This is definitely worth a read if you have a student applying to college now or in the near future.
Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply
Records reviewed by The Washington Post show that at least 44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students, either by tracking their Web activity or formulating predictive scores to measure each studen...
Some sage admissions advice from those who know it best. 🎓
When I went to college, it was random selections for roomies. Now it’s trending back that way. What do you think about this?
Colleges Would Rather Freshmen Not Choose Their Roommates
Though many new students want to choose for themselves, schools prefer to use dorms as a way to introduce young adults to new perspectives.
It’s all about the food 😋
OpenTable Reveals 25 Best College Towns for Foodies 2019
With fall and the start of school on the horizon, OpenTable is pleased to reveal the 25 best college towns for foodies 2019.