17 February 2015

A Whirlwind Tour of the Best Surf Schools

Posted in College Tour Planner, Whirlwind Tours

7 Great Surf Colleges in 5 Days

A tour of the best surf collegesSpring break is around the corner and you're looking for a great education AND great surf.  Which schools should you visit?  

It's no surprise that eight of Surfer Magazine's top 10 surf colleges are in warmer climates.  And while Hawaii is a little out of reach for a college tour, the good news is that we can get you to seven of these eight schools with a five-day whirlwind tour up the California Coast.

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times. 

12 February 2015

Suggested College Tour Itineraries

college tours mapPreparing your first college tour and not sure where to start?

Here are some suggestions for schools to visit, grouped by region, to get you rolling. Each list includes 5-6 schools that offer a range of sizes, settings and selectivity to help imagine the possibilities.  We also suggest others worth considering and why.  

Cities currently covered include Boston, New York City, Syracuse, Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  

Click on the Continue Reading link below to see our suggestions, or try our College Tour Planner to build your own custom campus tour itinerary.

 

11 February 2015

Getting the Most Out of Your First College Tour

Posted in Perspectives

college tour tipsWith ski week and spring break right around the corner, it's time to plan for college visits.  Here's a list of top tips for making sure you get the most out of the experience.

 

11 February 2015

A Whirlwind Tour of the Ivy League

Posted in Whirlwind Tours

How to see all 8 schools in 5 days

tour ivy league schoolsSpring break is around the corner and you're gunning for an Ivy League education.  Which schools should you visit?  

We say (wink-wink) why choose, when you can see them all? 

We challenged ourselves to come up with an itinerary that would cover all eight schools in the span of a week, and we discovered it's possible to do in as little as five days.  No helicopter required.

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times.  And feel free to slow down the pace and vary the schools while you're at it! 

10 February 2015

Introducing the College Tour Planner

Posted in College Tour Planner, College Kickstart, Product Announcements

College trip planning made easy

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We're pleased to introduce a new tool to the College Kickstart portfolio, the College Tour Planner.  Just in time for spring break, this nifty application makes it easy to put together a college tour in a pinch.  Click on the Continue Reading link below for the scoop.

10 February 2015

College Applicant Trends

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Perspectives

Insights from UCLA survey of 150,000+ college freshmen

UCLA TitleThe Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA recently published The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2014, a survey of 150,000+ first-time, full-time students at over 200 four-year U.S colleges and universities.

The study covers a broad range of topics, including college admissions.  What's clear is that students are applying to more schools than ever, they're getting into their top choice schools less frequently, and that early admission is becoming a very important consideration in choosing colleges.  

Click on the Continue Reading link below details.

08 February 2015

University of Virginia Admits 4,856 Early Action Applicants to the Class of 2019

Posted in Early Admission

uva logoThe University of Virginia reported earlier that it admitted 4,856 Early Action applicants to the Class of 2019.

A total of 16,092 EA applications were received this year, resulting in an EA admission rate of 30% overall.  Virginia residents accounted for 27% of the applicant pool and 42% of the admitted pool.  The early action admission rate for residents was 47% versus 24% for non-residents.  

Click here for the news release.

 

07 February 2015

New College Kickstart 2015 release now available

Posted in College Kickstart, Product Announcements

Bulletproofing your college list gets even easier

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We're pleased to announce the availability of College Kickstart 2015 release 1.1.  In addition to updated admissions data for 75+ schools, this release features a new and improved MixFixer™ to help you "bulletproof" your college list with ease.

What's a MixFixer?

MixFixer is the fastest and easiest way to set your college list up for success.  It kicks in once College Kickstart has graded your list and recommended ways to strengthen it.  MixFixer does three things:

  • It categorizes. MixFixer automatically categorizes every school in our database into safeties, targets and reaches based on school admission rates and your academic profile.  
  • It filters. MixFilter provides filters to help you quickly narrow down your choices.
  • It corrects. MixFilter helps you take corrective action by adding schools of interest to your list and re-running the analysis.  Improve that D- to an A in no time!

What's new?

This release includes several new filters that you've asked for, in addition to a new special filter that will help you locate "good value" schools:

  • Filter by school size.  You can now filter schools by the total undergraduate population.  Three options are offered: small (<2,500 undergrads), medium (2,500-10,000) and large (10,000+).
  • Filter by setting.  You can also filter by school setting: rural, suburban and urban.
  • Filter by geographical region. You can narrow down schools by geography, including the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, Mountain and Pacific regions.
  • Filter by indebtedness.  Is a public school cheaper than a private school?  Not always, after you factor in financial aid.  One useful way to figure out bang for buck is to find schools that leave you with little debt after graduation.  In other words, schools that are either cheap to begin with our schools that are terrific with financial aid and in particular, scholarships/grants.  Our new indebtedness filter looks specifically for schools that on average leave those taking financial aid with less than $20,000 of debt at graduation.  That's all four years.  Check it out, you'll be surprised by the results!  

Getting Started

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To access MixFixer, run Kickstart and simply click on the Find Safeties, Find Targets or Find Reaches button in the List Check tab.

 

06 February 2015

More College Freshmen Report Having Felt Depressed

Posted in Perspectives

nytThis article from Allan Schwarz of the New York Times highlights one of the downside impacts of modern day college admissions.  

In a survey conducted by UCLA of over 150,000 college freshmen, 9.5 percent of respondents reported having "frequently felt depressed" during the past year, up from 6.1 percent just five years ago.  A significant factor: being overwhelmed by schoolwork and other commitments.

Click here for the article.

04 February 2015

UNC Chapel Hill Admits 6,235 Early Action Applicants to the Class of 2019

Posted in Early Admission

uncchapelhill logoThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported today that it admitted 6,235 Early Action applicants to the Class of 2019.

A total of 17,149 EA applications were received this year, resulting in an EA admission rate of 36%.  

Click here for the news release.

 

01 February 2015

Amherst Admits 172 Early Decision Applicants to the Class of 2019

Posted in Early Admission

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Amherst College announced that admitted 172 Early Decision applicants to the Class of 2019.

A total of 482 ED applications were received this year, resulting in an ED admission rate of 36%. Of the remaining candidates, 187 were deferred to regular admission and 123 were rejected.   

Click here for the news release.

 

30 January 2015

Vanderbilt Admits 22.5% of Early Decision Applicants to the Class of 2019

Posted in Early Admission

vanderbilt logoVanderbilt University reported today that it admitted 22.5% of Early Decision I/II applicants to the Class of 2019. 

Click here for the news release.

 

29 January 2015

Emory College Admits 478 Early Decision I Applicants to the Class of 2019

Posted in Early Admission

emory logoEmory College admitted 478 Early Decision I applicants to the Class of 2019.

A total of 1,253 ED1 applications were received this year, up 9.6% from the previous year.  The overall ED1 admission rate was 38%.

Click here for the news release.

 

29 January 2015

Oxford College Admits 184 Early Decision I Applicants to the Class of 2019

Posted in Early Admission

emoryoxford logoEmory College admitted 184 Early Decision I applicants to the Class of 2019.

A total of 453 ED1 applications were received this year, up nearly 50% from the previous year.  The overall ED1 admission rate was 41%.

Click here for the news release.

 

28 January 2015

College Admissions Racket: They're Not Going to Let You In Anyway

Posted in Perspectives

Bloomberg-LogoSeveral top colleges and universities—including the University of Chicago, Duke, Columbia, Bates, Washington University in St. Louis, UPenn, Vanderbilt and Yale—took the unusual step of extending deadlines to college applicants this past January.  This article from Janet Lorin of Bloomberg questions whether this was for the benefit of the applicants or out of self-interest to juice up their application submissions and fees.

At the heart of the matter is whether colleges have become too sales-driven in their quest for lower admit rates and higher prestige. One can't help but feel that we're in an arms race that's creating too much collateral damage in the form of frazzled college applicants and families. 

Click here for the article.

 

 

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