05 October 2018

The Early Admission Advantage (Part 2 of 3)

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

PART II: When and How to Take Advantage of Early Admission Programs

img-earlyIn Part I of this series we covered the fundamentals of college early admission programs.  We learned that:

  • Colleges offer early admission programs to manage yield, lock up prized applicants and improve prestige in the process
  • There can be as much as a 2-4x difference in admit rates between early and regular decision applicants
  • Because there is often a high proportion of an enrolled class coming through early admission, your chances of getting in via regular decision are actually worse than you might think

In short, you should always consider early admission programs as part of your college plan.  But under what conditions does it make sense and how do you apply it against your list of schools?  This is the topic for Part II.  

04 October 2018

The Early Admission Advantage (Part 1 of 3)

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

PART I: The Fundamentals

early admission advantage

Simply put, early admission should always be considered as part of your college plan.

Why?  Because early action and early decision programs can be tremendously useful in helping a competitive candidate enhance admission odds.  By submitting your application early, you'll hear back earlier and in most instances improve your chances for admission.  Better yet, if you're accepted early, you'll be able to avoid the cost and effort of applying to schools of lower interest on your list.

In this three part series, we'll explore the fundamentals, when/how to take advantage of them, and where early admission is offered.  Read on for Part I.

03 October 2018

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2022

Posted in Class of 2023, Class of 2022

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Given how sophisticated colleges have become in recruiting applicants, it's dangerous to rely on old admissions data.  

We've taken a look at our coverage universe and identified schools with notable admission rate differences between the Class of 2022 and the Class of 2021. In addition to providing the admission rates, we've included some commentary to explain why as well as a link back to the source article.

Unfortunately, this year's notable changes are all about falling admission rates.  Each of the schools listed have reported year over year application growth, and many cases this is coupled with a decline in admitted students.  While some institutions admitted fewer students to compensate for overenrollment last year, we suspect others have done so as a result of higher proportions of applicants being admitted through early decision/early action programs. 

Depending on how you categorize schools, the admission rate change may be enough to turn a likely into a target or target into a reach.  Regardless, take a moment to review the list—the last thing anyone needs at this point is a surprise!

College Kickstart subscribers: Class of 2022 admission rates have already been incorporated into the latest release of College Kickstart.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

30 September 2018

New College Kickstart Release Now Available!

Posted in College Kickstart

College Kickstart Logo 200x63All admissions data updates are now complete for the 2018-19 application cycle. As always, we've enriched the data in several ways to make College Kickstart even more effective for you as you finalize your college plans.  This includes the incorporation of key 2018-19 admission plan changes and application requirements.  Better yet, we've also incorporated the latest reported Class of 2022 admission rates for several institutions we track, many of which have material year-over-year changes you probably don't want to be surprised by.

Click on continue reading for the details.

28 September 2018

Colleges Where Interviews are Required or Strongly Recommended (Class of 2023)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023

interviewWith the fall 2018-19 application cycle now in full swing, it's important to keep an eye on interview requirements for the schools on your list—especially if they're looking for evidence of demonstrated interest.  

To make this easier for you, we've compiled a list of popular schools where interviews are required or strongly recommended, along with the degree to which the institution considers demonstrated interest as part of the evaluation.  

In cases like Hillsdale College where interviews are highly recommended and demonstrated interest is very important, it's a good bet than an interview is worth your time.  On the flip side, if interviews are optional and demonstrated interest isn't considered, booking an interview is less critical.  The devil is in the details, so to help you figure out your strategy we've also included a link to each listed school's interview policy.  Do keep in mind that interview requirements may often vary by major.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

24 September 2018

Colby Goes Test-Optional

Posted in Class of 2023

colby logoColby College announced today that the submission of standardized test scores is now an optional element of a student's application for admission.      

Click here for the news release.

 

09 September 2018

U.S. News & World Report Posts 2019 College Rankings

Posted in Class of 2023, College Rankings

usnwr bestcollegesU.S. News & World Report released their 2019 college rankings earlier today.  Over 1,800 schools were covered nationwide and evaluated on multiple measures of academic excellence and outcomes to produce the final rankings.

Social mobility indicators were added this year, while acceptance rate was eliminated as a factor and others like expert opinions and test scores were reduced in weighting.

Princeton retains sole posession of the top spot for National Universities, and Williams College tops the list of Liberal Arts Colleges.  

Click on Continue Reading to see the rankings changes. 

30 August 2018

Stanford will no longer announce undergraduate application numbers

Posted in Class of 2023

Stanford logoStanford announced today that beginning with the fall 2018-19 admission cycle, it will no longer publicize application numbers for early and regular admissions.  

The policy shift is aimed at de-emphasizing the perceived importance of low admission rates.  Stanford plans to continue to report admissions data to the government at the end of each admission cycle.

Click here for the news release.

 

25 August 2018

Forbes Releases 2018 College Rankings

Posted in College Rankings

forbesForbes released its list of top ranked colleges for 2018. 

The Forbes ranking methodology is driven by alumni salary (20%), debt (20%), student experience (20%), American Leaders List (15%), academic success (12.5%) and graduation rate (12.5%).  

At the top of this year's list are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. Stanford University
  4. MIT
  5. Princeton
  6. Caltech
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Brown University
  9. Dartmouth College
  10. Duke University

 

Click here for the full list.

21 August 2018

Keeping Track of 2018-19 Application Requirements with College Kickstart

Posted in Class of 2023, College Kickstart

Key Application Requirements (2018-19)

Tired of Googling constantly for the latest application requirements? Look no further — let College Kickstart help you stay on top of your game. 

20 August 2018

Common App Schools That Don't Require Extra Essays (2018-19)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023

commonapplogoIn search of schools with no extra Common App essays?  Look no further, check out our list of popular schools here, updated for the 2018-19 application season.  

The list includes schools that simply require the base essay as well as others offering "optional" essays which you might want to complete anyway to strengthen your application.  If you're a student or parent with a College Kickstart Plus or Premium subscription, this information is already available to you as part of our application requirements tracking feature.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

15 August 2018

Money Magazine College Rankings (2018-19)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023, College Rankings

moneymagMoney Magazine just released its college rankings for 2018-19. Over 2,000 schools were evaluated based on 26 factors along three categories: educational quality, affordability and outcomes. The result: 727 schools that deliver a great education at an affordable price, with good outcomes post graduation.

The top of the list:

  • Princeton University
  • University of California - San Diego
  • University of California - Irvine 
  • University of California - Los Angeles 
  • Stanford University
  • MIT 
  • University of California - Berkeley 
  • Baruch College (CUNY)
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Virginia 

Click here for the rankings or here for the methodology.

 

10 August 2018

Early Admission Plan Changes for the Class of 2023

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2023

Update #5 (8/10)

college kickstart logoMany colleges and universities have begun updating their websites for the Class of 2023 (2018-19) admission cycle.  While we expect the activity to continue into the late summer, several of the changes we've observed are worth noting. 

In particular, roughly 25 schools have introduced changes to the early admission plans available to you this fall.  Notable changes include a new Early Decision II option at Babson, William & Mary and Washington University in St. Louis, a new Early Action I option at Penn State and Sarah Lawrence and removal of restrictive early action options at Baylor (now Early Decision I) and Boston College (now Early Action).   

If you're considering early admission, be sure to check out our list as it may impact how you decide to apply this fall.   Note for our subscribers: the data has already been incorporated into the product, so all you have to do to see how it impacts your plan is re-run College Kickstart.

Click on Continue Reading below for the details.

13 July 2018

Class of 2022 Admission Results

Posted in Class of 2022

UPDATE #38 (7/13)

gradcapsairHere's our latest list of reported overall admission rates for the Class of 2022. Results are now available for American University, Amherst, Barnard, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Carleton, Chapman, Claremont McKenna, Colby, Colgate, Colorado College, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Denison, Duke, Emory, Emory (Oxford), George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hamilton, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Lehigh, Macalester, Middlebury, MIT, Northeastern, Northwestern, Notre Dame, NYU, Olin, Pepperdine, Pitzer, Pomona, Princeton, Santa Clara, Scripps, Stanford, Swarthmore, Trinity, Tufts, Tulane, Union, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, University of Rochester, USC, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, Wesleyan, William & Mary, Williams and Yale.  Latest year application totals are available for many more.

Bookmark this page as we'll update frequently as more institutions report results. 

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13 July 2018

University of California Fall 2018 Admission Trends

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023, Class of 2022, Perspectives

ucHot off the press!  We've had a chance to review the Fall 2018 admissions data released recently by the University of California and thought it would be helpful to summarize it and share our key findings.  

Overall freshman admission rates are up for non-residents and down for residents as the University of California continues to settle on a new normal that accommodates a larger mix of out of state and international students.   If you're an out of state or international student, pay close attention...there continues to be a window of opportunity to take advantage of favorable odds at several UC campuses.

Click on Continue Reading for the details.

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