Your Monday Admissions Briefing: May 21, 2018

May 21, 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!

It Is Time To Eliminate the SAT and ACT Optional Essays
While over 70% of students taking the SAT and more than 50% taking the ACT opt in to the essay, not even 2% of colleges require an essay score. Students and taxpayers are sending tens of millions of dollars into the College Board's and ACT's coffers and don't appear to be getting anything out of it other than one more source of anxiety when it comes to college applications.


College Admissions: Showing Your Best Side On Social Media

Social media has found its way into almost every part of everyday life. It has even affected college and university admissions. Many colleges and universities in the United States are now using social media to share information with applicants, says George DaPonte, director of international admissions at the University of Tampa, a private school in Tampa, Florida.



Dartmouth’s admissions strategy adapts and grows
Shakily gripping his iPhone, a father zooms in on his daughter’s tense expression, as she stares at her glowing laptop. She bites her lip, holds her breath, and makes one final, definitive click before dropping her jaw. “I GOT IN!” Her mom runs into the room and screams alongside her daughter, as her dad continues to film the culminating celebration of countless AP courses, after-school activities and Common Application essay revisions.


4 Powerful Ways To Find Free College Money
If you're a parent of a high school senior headed to college, it's now the second-most anxious time of the year. The first nail-biter was waiting for college acceptance letters. Now you have to figure out how to pay for it.


Marylhurst University Will Abruptly Announce Its Closure Today, In its 125th Year of Operation
Marylhurst University today announced its permanent closure today after years of turmoil and financial struggle. "Like many small, private, liberal arts colleges and universities, we have seen a steady decline in enrollment since the end of the Great Recession," Marylhurst President Melody Rose wrote in an email to faculty and staff just before noon today and eight minutes after WW reported the impending announcement.


US college degrees lose mystique among Asian students

For ambitious young Asians, studying in the U.S. has long been a natural choice. They venture across the vast Pacific to pursue degrees with global cachet and, perhaps, take a shot at the American dream. Increasingly, though, the region's students are making a radical decision: They are staying close to home. 

San Diego Education Leaders & Students Support SAT During The School Day
Today, San Diego area education leaders and students came together at Kearny High School in San Diego to push for college admissions tests like the SAT to be offered – as an alternative to state standardized tests – during the school day through the Pathways to College Act, currently moving through the California State Legislature.

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