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. 

Click Continue Reading for the list.

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.

13 July 2018

How Much Does Being a Legacy Help Your College Admissions Odds?

Posted in Class of 2023, Perspectives

wsjHere's an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal on the impact of being a legacy applicant on college admissions.  While the article focuses on how legacy admissions impacts efforts to expand access and diversity, it also sheds light on the legacy advantage at institutions such as Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, Georgetown, Princeton and Harvard, where the legacy admission rate can be as much as 2-5 times higher than the general rate.

Click here for the article

10 July 2018

Brown Eliminates SAT/ACT Essay Requirement

Posted in Class of 2023

washpostBrown will no longer require the essay component to the SAT and ACT.  

This is one of several initiatives taken by the institution to expand access to low income families.

For applicants planning not to take the SAT/ACT essay, inclusion of a graded paper from a humanities or social science class is recommended.

Click here for the article.


06 July 2018

Stanford and Princeton Drop Essay Requirements for Testing

Posted in Class of 2023

washpostAs reported by the Washington Post, Princeton and Stanford universities will no longer require the essay component to the SAT and ACT.  

While the essay is not longer an absolute requirement, Stanford will continue to "strongly recommend" that applicants submit an essay score from either of the standardized tests.  Princeton will require a graded writing sample as a substitute, preferably in English or history.  

Click here for the article.


29 June 2018

The Perils of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn to Back Off

Posted in Perspectives

nprHere's an useful article from National Public Radio about how moms and dads can help dial back the pressure for their stressed out high schoolers.  

Click here for the article.  


29 June 2018

The Many Flavors of Test-Optional College Admissions

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2023, Perspectives

testbrokenpencilDo your SAT and ACT scores fully reflect your academic ability?

Many prominent colleges have moved to "test-optional" admissions in recent years to give applicants the opportunity to exclude standardized test scores from consideration if desired. This is a good thing!

But what exactly does "test-optional" mean? Unfortunately, it differs by school, and often there are strings attached.

Click on Continue Reading to see our list of test-optional schools and the type of test-optional policy they employ.  For your convenience, we've included admit rates, test score ranges and links to each school's standardized test policy to help you find suitable candidates for your college list.

28 June 2018

Class of 2022 Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats

Posted in Class of 2022, Waitlist

UPDATE #2 (6/28)

waitlist2018For those of you that have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here's a list of 2017 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and latest status where available.  

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 132 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • On average, 13 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted
  • 63 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the wait list last year
  • 51 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less
  • 16 percent admitted no one

There are several factors driving the low rates, including the size of the waitlist (often very large), and how well a school anticipates its admissions yield. 

Click Continue Reading for the list.

16 June 2018

University of Chicago Goes Test Optional and Enhances Financial Aid and Support Resources for First Generation and Low Income Students

Posted in Class of 2023

uchicagoThe University of Chicago launched on June 14 its Empower Initiative to expand access to first generation and low income students.  

The initiative features a test-optional admissions process, enhanced financial aid and programmatic resources to support first generation and low income students through their college experience.

Click here for the news release.


07 May 2018

Streamlined Board Reporting for Busy High School Counselors

Posted in College Kickstart

stressed counselor

It's May, and if you're a high school college counselor, that means it's time for board reports!

If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the data gathering and number crunching involved, check in with us at College Kickstart. Our new outcomes reporting capability, included with high school counselor subscriptions, makes board reporting painless and gets you out of the weeds so you can focus on communicating insights.

Using a standard export from Naviance, we'll analyze your data and prepare a summary of admission and matriculation results, sliced and diced in a variety of ways to identify trends and provide insights to communicate to your board. 

That includes incorporating the latest available Class of 2022 admission rates and reconciling results with the latest Barron's and U.S. News rankings.  We've even included quintile reporting to let you delve deeper into what's happening by academic cohort.

Click Continue Reading to learn more.


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