Your Tuesday Admissions Briefing: May 29, 2018

May 29, 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!


Advice for New Students From Those Who Know (Older Students)
New supplies, new clothes, new start. Freshman year is a chance to redefine yourself, to challenge assumptions, to lay the foundation for the rest of your life. Gee whiz, you say, I’m just 18! So we asked for help, from those who have been there, done that. Below are words of wisdom from 25 upperclassmen and recent grads. 


Aristotle’s Wrongful Death

History is on the ebb. Philosophy is on the ropes. And comparative literature? Please. It’s an intellectual heirloom: cherished by those who can afford such baubles but disposable in the eyes of others. I’m talking about college majors, and talk about college majors is loud and contentious these days. There’s concern about whether schools are offering the right ones. There are questions about whether colleges should be emphasizing them at all.



Virginia Tech to Revamp Application Process for Potential New Students

Applying to Virginia Tech will look different for students trying to get into the school this fall. The university will shift to using a uniform application process created by the independent Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, said Juan Espinoza, interim director of undergraduate admissions and assistant vice provost for enrollment management at Tech. The school will also offer a new non-binding early action application similar to a binding early decision application option already offered.


Columbia College’s ‘Tuition’ Initiative Aims to Get Rid of Unexpected Costs

This fall, Columbia College, a private nonprofit school based in Missouri, will start offering something new to its students. Combining truth with tuition, the “Truition” initiative is the school’s promise to students that they won’t have any unexpected fees at the beginning of the year.


Watching This Film Can Humanize Your College Process
It wasn't until I moved from college admission to college counseling that I realized how much family counseling was involved in the whole process. On the college side, aside from a few intense phone calls from angry or disappointed parents, you're dealing mostly with students and their folders. On the high school side, however, you witness all the complex dynamics that lead to that completed application. A lot of it isn't pretty and some of it is downright scary.


Mixup moves Nepalese student from East Texas to Western Pa. for college
You could say that Rupesh Koirala’s plans to attend college in the United States this fall have shifted. In fact, they have moved about 1,165 miles to the northeast, from a state university in East Texas to the suburban Pittsburgh campus of Robert Morris University. Mr. Koirala is one of several Nepalese students who were awarded four-year, full-ride scholarships to the University of Texas at Tyler starting in January, only to have the offers withdrawn after the school, apparently caught off guard by demand, learned it had awarded more scholarships than it could afford.



U.S. Education Department warns school districts to protect student privacy for SAT and ACT
The U.S. Education Department just warned school districts that give the SAT and ACT for purposes other than college admission that they need to do a better job protecting the personal information of students who take the tests.



The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less
For generations, two numbers have signaled whether a student could hope to get into a top college: his or her standardized test score and his or her grade-point average. In the past 15 years, though, these lodestars have come to mean less and less. 


The Royal 'We' In College Admission
If there is one grammatical gaffe—perhaps a Freudian slip—that elicits the most consistent eye-rolling among college admission professionals, it is when students and parents use the royal "we” to refer to the child’s experience.



Fire and Brimstone
San Diego State University’s provost resigned from his position suddenly this week, and both he and the university have declined comment as to why.
But there is one glaring clue: an unusual email he sent to a former professor last year, which has since been made public. 


US College Board to ease admission process for Indian universities
Thinking about the low-income students in India the College Board has come up with the College Board India Scholars Programme, where the students who have achieved high marks will be eligible to take the exams at a reduced cost and they can obtain full scholarships too. 

The How-To: Disrupting The Tightly Controlled Academic Sector
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Nearly every child knows the answer to this question, but how much attention do children really get in making their dream job a reality? As unexperienced teenagers, young people are under extreme pressure to make the most important decision of their lives, which is to craft a perfect college application and to choose the right college that will turn their dreams into reality.


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