Your Thursday Admissions Briefing: May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018


This is your semi-daily roundup of college admissions news from around the net. Don't forget to subscribe to Channel CCR for more! 






Failing College

Colleges have a problem: fewer people are applying every year. Universities are competing like crazy for any edge they can get. Some are offering more financial aid, others are building tiger habitats. But the economic impact of fewer universities could be large.



Who Needs Calculus? Not High-Schoolers

Thousands of American high-school students on Tuesday will take the Advanced Placement calculus exam. Many are probably dreading it, perhaps seeing the test as an attempt to show off skills they will never use. What if they’re right?



Update: Spots Available For Students at More Than 550 Colleges
The number of colleges still accepting applications for Fall 2018 continues to grow. More than 550 institutions have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshmen and/or transfer students, according to NACAC’s College Openings Update.


Shut-Out Seniors Still Have Options For College Spots This Fall
Overwhelmed by the hype surrounding schools with 95% rejection rates and huge waitlists, news that many colleges still have space available in May and June doesn't always register. May 1 is the "universal reply date" for candidates to accept a spot at one of their schools. For those who maybe aimed too high or waited too long to complete their forms or couldn't decide what to do or didn't pay attention to their college counselors (ahem!), a second chance awaits.



High Court Won't Hear College Application Antitrust Suit
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision to revive CollegeNET Inc.’s lawsuit, which accuses The Common Application Inc. of monopolizing the standardized college application process.


College Admission Recruiting: Biased Or Broken

Are recruiting practices fundamentally biased? “Yes,” say higher education researchers Ozan Jaquette at the University of California Los Angeles and Karina Salazar at The University of Arizona. Unlike most other countries where college is almost entirely funded by taxpayers, in the United States schools rely on tuition dollars, or in a few cases healthy endowments—a fact that has a number of implications, including how colleges seek out and admit students. 


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