05 December 2018

College Kickstart Sneak Peek for Independent College Consultants (2019)

Posted in College Kickstart

2019 new adjustments xlWe're putting the finishing touches on College Kickstart for Independent Consultants and thought we'd give you a sneak peek of what's in store for 2019, including expanded school coverage, a powerful new counselor adjustments capability and solution for large practices.



05 December 2018

College Kickstart Sneak Peek for High School College Counselors (2019)

Posted in College Kickstart

College Kickstart for High School Counselors features several new and exciting capabilities for 2019 to help you manage college planning more effectively and gain greater insight to your results.  






05 December 2018

College Kickstart Sneak Peek for Students and Parents (2019)

Posted in College Kickstart

2019 new college addsWith 2019 right around the corner, we thought it was time to give you a sneak peek of some of the cool new capabilities we've got in store for rising seniors and parents this January.   

17 November 2018

University of Georgia Offers Early Admission to 7,500 for the Class of 2023

Posted in Class of 2023

UGA logoThe University of Georgia offered approzimately 7,500 early action applicants to the Class of 2023 from a pool of nearly 17,000 applicants.


Click here for the article.


15 November 2018

University of California Extends Deadline for Applicants Affected by Recent Wildfires

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023, Perspectives

ucThe University of California has extended the application deadline for those affected by the recent wildfires from November 30th to December 15th. 

Affected applicants MUST file a request for extension.  

For instructions on how to request the extension, click here.

10 October 2018

Keeping Vigil on 2018-19 Merit Scholarship Deadlines

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023, Affordability

moneyIf you're in the hunt for merit scholarships, be sure to stay on top of explicit deadlines a school on your list might have.

In some cases, like Boston University and the University of Richmond, it's a hard deadline that you have to meet in order for you to be considered at all.  In others, like Indiana University and many other public institutions, it's a "priority" deadline that maximizes your chances of merit aid before the money runs out.  Either way, merit aid continues to be an excellent way for good students to defray the cost of an education.  

We've compiled a list of selected schools in our coverage universe with explicit deadlines, along with some stats to help you gauge the size and breadth of the institution's merit offerings.  We've also included links to each school's scholarship page for easy access to the details.

Most of these schools automatically consider you for merit scholarships without the need for an additional application.  

Click on Continue Reading below for the list.

09 October 2018

Class of 2022 Early Admission Results

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2022

UPDATE #22 (10/9)

college-studentsHere's our latest list of reported early decision and early action admisison rates for the Class of 2022.

This list includes results from Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Claremont McKenna, Colgate, Colorado College, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Emory, Emory at Oxford, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hamilton, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Middlebury, Mt. Holyoke, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitzer, Princeton, Rice, Scripps, Tulane (ED), the University of Georgia, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Yale, along with partial data from Barnard, Boston University, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Trinity College, Tufts and Williams.  While Stanford has released decisions, it will likely not release results until the end of the admissions cycle.

Bookmark this page, as we'll be updating it frequently over the next several weeks.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

03 October 2018

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2022

Posted in Class of 2023, Class of 2022


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. 

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