04 August 2017

How to Conquer the Admissions Essay

Posted in Perspectives

nytStill looking for essay ideas?  Check out this article from the New York Times for tips on how to create a winning essay admissions officers will love.   

Click here for the article.

04 August 2017

Forbes Releases 2017 College Rankings

Posted in College Rankings

forbesForbes released its list of top ranked colleges for 2017. 

The Forbes ranking methodology is driven by student experiece (20%), post-graduate success (35%), student debt (20%), graduation rate (12.5%) and academic success (12.5%).  

At the top of this year's list are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Yale University
  4. Princeton University
  5. MIT
  6. Caltech
  7. University of Pennsylvania
  8. Duke University
  9. Brown University
  10. Pomona College

 

Click here for the full list.

31 July 2017

Early Admission Plan Changes for the Class of 2022

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2022

Update #1 (7/31)

college kickstart logoMany colleges and universities have begun updating their websites for the Class of 2022 (2017-18) admission cycle.  While we expect the activity to continue into the late summer, several of the changes we've observed are worth noting. 

In particular, roughly 15 schools have introduced changes to the early admission plans available to you this fall.  Notable changes include new Early Decision I options at St. John's University and Villanova, a new Early Decision II option at Northeastern and an Early Action I option at the University of Richmond.  

If you're considering early admission, be sure to check out our list as it may impact how you decide to apply this fall.   Note for our subscribers: the data has already been incorporated into the product, so all you have to do to see how it impacts your plan is re-run College Kickstart.

Click on Continue Reading below for the details.

26 July 2017

Colleges with Great Cross-Registration Options

Posted in Your College List

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Attending a school with great cross-registration options can be a terrific way for you to take classes beyond those offered at your home institution, expand your horizons and experience academic life in a completely different setting.

The Claremont Colleges, for example, allow students to take classes at any member institution (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps). Students at Occidental can also take engineering classes at Caltech, while Wellesley students can take business classes at Babson or engineering courses at MIT. From coast to coast, our list includes several popular colleges from our coverage universe, the consortium/consortia they belong to and the available cross-registration options. Be sure to click on the included links for detail on cross-registration policies—for example, some schools will only allow you to cross-register for courses that not offered at your home institution, while others may only allow to cross-register on a space-available basis.

Click on Continue Reading below for the details.

12 July 2017

Money Magazine College Rankings (2017-18)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2022, College Rankings

moneymagMoney Magazine just released its college rankings for 2017-18. Over 2,000 schools were evaluated based on 27 factors along three categories: educational quality, affordability and outcomes. The result: 711 schools that deliver a great education at an affordable price, with good outcomes post graduation.

The top of the list:

  • Princeton University
  • Baruch College (CUNY)
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of California - Berkeley 
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Stanford University 
  • University of California - Irvine 
  • MIT
  • University of California - Davis 
  • Harvard University 

Click here for the rankings or here for the methodology.

 

08 July 2017

University of California Fall 2017 Admission Trends

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2021, Perspectives

ucHot off the press!  We've had a chance to review the Fall 2017 admissions data released yesterday by the University of California and thought it would be helpful to summarize it and share our key findings.  

Overall freshman admission rates are up for non-residents and down for residents as the University of California continues to settle on a new normal that accommodates a larger mix of out of state and international students.   If you're an out of state or international student, pay close attention...there continues to be a window of opportunity to take advantage of favorable odds at several UC campuses.

Click on Continue Reading for the details.

07 July 2017

Class of 2021 Admission Results

Posted in Class of 2021

UPDATE #23 (7/7)

gradcapsairHere's our latest list of reported overall admission rates for the Class of 2021. Results are now available for American, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, BYU, Cal Poly SLO, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Colgate, College of William & Mary, Colorado College, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Franklin Olin, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hamilton, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Lehigh, Macalester, Middlebury, MIT, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Oxford at Emory, Pitzer, Pomona, Princeton, Scripps, Stanford, Swarthmore, Trinity College, Tufts, Tulane, Union College, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, University of Florida, University of Pennsylvania, USC, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Wake Forest, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Williams and Yale.

Bookmark this page as we'll update frequently as more institutions report results. 

Click Continue Reading for the list.

23 June 2017

Balancing Your College List with MixFixer

Posted in College Kickstart

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Trying to find likely or target schools to balance out your college list? In search of schools with great need-based aid or are generous with merit scholarships? Or are you simply looking for schools that don't require extra Common Application essays?

Let MixFixer™ help you. We'll make it easy to find likely, target or reach schools to balance your list and dial in on schools to fit your needs. Click on Continue Reading to learn more.

21 June 2017

The Many Flavors of Test-Optional College Admissions

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2022, Perspectives

testbrokenpencilDo your SAT and ACT scores fully reflect your academic ability?

Many prominent colleges have moved to "test-optional" admissions in recent years to give applicants the opportunity to exclude standardized test scores from consideration if desired. This is a good thing!

But what exactly does "test-optional" mean? Unfortunately, it differs by school, and often there are strings attached.

Click on Continue Reading to see our list of test-optional schools and the type of test-optional policy they employ.  For your convenience, we've included admit rates, test score ranges and links to each school's standardized test policy to help you find suitable candidates for your college list.

15 June 2017

Class of 2021 Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats

Posted in Class of 2021, Waitlist

UPDATE #3 (6/15)

waitlist2016For those of you that have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here's a list of 2016 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and latest status where available.  

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 163 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • On average, 18 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted
  • 55 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the wait list last year
  • 37 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less
  • 11 percent admitted no one

There are several factors driving the low rates, including the size of the waitlist (often very large), and how well a school anticipates its admissions yield. 

Click Continue Reading for the list.

20 May 2017

University of California Approves Policy on Non-Resident Enrollment

Posted in Your College List, Perspectives

ucThe University of California approved a policy on non-resident enrollment.  

Non-resident enrollment will be capped at 18 percent at UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and at 2017-18 levels at UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, and UC San Diego.

Click here for the details.

15 April 2017

Claremont Colleges Report Early and Regular Decision Admission Results for the Class of 2021

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2021

ClaremontCollegesThe Claremont Colleges—Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd—announced admission results for the Class of 2021.  

  • Pomona reported 8.2 percent of total applicants were admitted this year.  The admission rate for early decision was 21 percent.
  • Scripps reported 33.4 percent of total applicants were admitted to the Class of 2021.  The admission rate for early decision applicants was 38 percent versus 33 percent for regular decision.
  • Pitzer reported an overall admission rate of 15.6 percent for the Class of 2021.  The early decision admission rate was 34.4 percent.
  • Claremont McKenna admitted 10.4 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021.  The early decision admission rate was 31 percent versus regular decision admission rate of 8 percent.
  • Harvey Mudd admitted 13.9 percent of applicants to the Class of 2021.  The early decision admit rate was 16.1 percent.

For more information, click here.

06 April 2017

Check This Box if You're a Good Person

Posted in Perspectives

nytHere's a refreshing New York Times post from Rebecca Sabky, a former admissions director at Dartmouth, about looking beyond academic credentials and extracurriculars for a fundamental human quality in applicants: kindness!

06 April 2017

University of Chicago to Release Class of 2021 Admission Results in the Fall

Posted in Class of 2021

uchicagoThe Chciago Maroon reported today that early admission results for the Class of 2021 will not be disclosed until the the fall.  

Click here for the news release.

 

06 April 2017

Tulane Admits 21 Percent of Students to the Class of 2021

Posted in Class of 2021

tulane logoTulane University announced that 21 percent of applicants were admitted to the Class of 2021.  

A total of 35,605 applications were received, up 11 percent from last year.   

Click here for the news release.

 

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