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Your Wednesday Admissions Briefing: May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

 

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Stop Blaming The SAT

Now that one college acceptance season has just ended and another is revving up, Michael Arlen Davis’s new documentary about the SAT exam is perfectly timed to capitalize on the pressure of the test, the anxiety of admissions process, and the overwhelming misperceptions about what can be done about them. “The Test and the Art of Thinking” argues that SATs are the root of much of the evil in the college admissions world.

 

Why Work Experience Matters for Law School Applicants
Not too long ago, when applying to law school, your LSAT score and GPA were the most important parts of your application and could predict with a high degree of certainty which schools would admit you. An excellent personal statement could also move the needle, so while it is becoming increasingly important, it's a component that is rarely overlooked by applicants. In recent years, however, an increasing number of law schools are emphasizing admitting students with significant work experience over those applying straight from college

 

How to get a million low-income students to college? This organization has a plan.
Toward its goal of enrolling one million low-income students in college by 2025, the Chapel Hill-based College Advising Corps has received a $20 million gift from a former Microsoft executive. The donation, from Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, is the kickoff for a fundraising campaign to further the work of the College Advising Corps. In the last decade, the organization estimates that it has helped more than 300,000 first-generation and underrepresented students go to college. In partnership with 24 universities, the corps hires college graduates to work in urban and rural high schools to advise students along the path to higher education. 

 

Champion for Low-Income Students Gets a Boost Itself
For more than a decade, the College Advising Corps has steadily built a network of nearly 650 dedicated college counselors in high schools that serve large numbers of low-income and first-generation students in 14 states. In many of those schools, the ratio of students to college counselors is worse than the national average of 482:1, and the advising corps's troops are designed to ensure that students in the schools not only consider going to college but "are matched to and ultimately get through a place that get them a credential," says Nicole Hurd, the group's founder and chief executive officer.

 


 What to Know About US University Spring Admission
While most of his peers started university last fall, Saw Yan "James" Naung from Myanmar began attending San Jose State University in the spring 2018 semester. Naung delayed applying due to health reasons, but says the extra time ended up benefiting him in many ways. "Some of the benefits of applying to U.S. universities in the spring is that it gives more time to prepare for the requirements that the university has," Naung says. "In addition, it gave me time to decide which university is best for me."

 

 Abolish Standardized Testing For College Admissions
A new study from the National Association for College Admission Counseling provides evidence that test-optional policies ― a variety of policies that allow students not to submit scores on standardized tests like the SAT or GRE during the admissions process ― can help colleges improve their diversity without sacrificing academic quality.


 

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