Perspectives

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.

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

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.

13 April 2018

University of California Enhances Transfer Guarantees from California Community Colleges

Posted in Perspectives

ucThe University of California and the California Community Colleges announced plans to enhance transfer admission guarantees for academically prepared students.   

Click here for the press release.  

 

03 February 2018

Some Elite Colleges Review Applications in 8 Minutes (or Less)

Posted in Class of 2022, Perspectives

wsjHere's an article from the Wall Street Journal with a look at how college admissions officers at Bucknell, Georgia Tech and Rice are attempting to keep up with surges in application numbers.  With applications being considered in eight minutes (or less), it's vital to stay focused, consistent and compelling in your materials.  

Click here for the article.

21 January 2018

Inside College Admissions at the University of Maryland

Posted in Class of 2022, Perspectives

washpostHere's a good article from the Washington Post with an inside look at college admissions at the University of Maryland.

Click here for the article.

14 November 2017

What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

Posted in Class of 2022, Perspectives

nytHere's a good article from the New York Times that sheds some light on the various competiing objectives that colleges need to balance in their admissions processes and how colleges like Connecticut College, Olin College of Engineering, MIT and Yale are exploring new ways to create more holistic pictures of applicants within that context.

Click here for the article.

10 November 2017

Top Tips for University of California Applicants (Class of 2022)

Posted in Class of 2022, Perspectives

ucWith the University of California application now open for submissions, it's time to make sure everything is in order.  

Here are six tips for freshman applicants, courtesy of the University of California:

 

1. Send official test scores to just one UC campus

Your official SAT with writing/essay, ACT with writing, SAT subject tests and TOEFL scores be shared with all campuses where you've applied.  One exception: IELTS test scores must be sent to each campus. Note also that SAT subject tests are not required but encouraged for certain majors.


2.  November/December test scores are acceptable

November and December exam dates are acceptable even though the application due date is November 30th. Just indicate your planned test date(s) on the application, then log back into to self-report your scores once they're received.  Be sure to request that the official scores are sent to one UC campus. 


3. Request an extension and fee waiver if affected by a recent natural disaster

If you've been affected by a recent natural disaster and are unable to complete your application by November 30th, be sure to request an extension and fee waiver.  Learn more here.


4. Don't send transcripts or academic records

They'll be requested if they're needed during the application review process.  


5. Don't send letters of recommendation

They're not required or read unless specifically requested. A campus will contact you via email if one is needed.


6. You can review and make minor modifications to your application after submission

You can log in to review your application after it's been submitted, as well as update your contact information and report new test scores.  You can also apply to additional campuses.  

Note: if you've changed schools or there are changes to your academic record, you must notify the UC Application Center by email or postal mail.  Click here for more information.  

 

04 August 2017

How to Conquer the Admissions Essay

Posted in Perspectives

nytStill looking for essay ideas?  Check out this article from the New York Times for tips on how to create a winning essay admissions officers will love.   

Click here for the article.

08 July 2017

University of California Fall 2017 Admission Trends

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2021, Perspectives

ucHot off the press!  We've had a chance to review the Fall 2017 admissions data released yesterday 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.

20 May 2017

University of California Approves Policy on Non-Resident Enrollment

Posted in Your College List, Perspectives

ucThe University of California approved a policy on non-resident enrollment.  

Non-resident enrollment will be capped at 18 percent at UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and at 2017-18 levels at UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, and UC San Diego.

Click here for the details.

06 April 2017

Check This Box if You're a Good Person

Posted in Perspectives

nytHere's a refreshing New York Times post from Rebecca Sabky, a former admissions director at Dartmouth, about looking beyond academic credentials and extracurriculars for a fundamental human quality in applicants: kindness!

09 March 2017

Making Sense of Financial Aid Packages

Posted in Financial Aid, Perspectives

financial-aid

With admissions decisions around the corner, many of you will need to consider affordability and make sense of the financial aid packages coming your way.

In this article, we'll define some key terms, work through a case study to make the process more tangible, and provide some key takeaways for you to apply to your own situation.

Click on continue reading for more.

 

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