University and college admissions

Common App Launches More Inclusive Application for 2021-2022 School Year

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Friday, July 30, 2021 - 4:00pm

ARLINGTON, Va., July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Common App, the non-profit membership organization that serves over 1 million aspiring college students every year, will launch its 2021-2022 application on Sunday, August 1.

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  • ARLINGTON, Va., July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Common App, the non-profit membership organization that serves over 1 million aspiring college students every year, will launch its 2021-2022 application on Sunday, August 1.
  • Used by more than three million applicants, teachers, and counselors across the United States and around the world each year, the Common App platform streamlines the college application process for students.
  • The new application will include several significant changes announced by Common App over the last year that take effect on August 1, including:
    "We want all students to feel supported by Common App regardless of where they are on their path to education attainment," said Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of Common App.
  • Students applying to college in 2021-2022 will also have access to more than 60 additional diverse colleges and universities through Common App's online application.

Survey: Nearly 80 Percent of College Students Want Legacy Admissions Banned

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 2:00pm

Of the more than 2,000 college students polled, 79 percent support (54 percent strongly; 25 percent somewhat) the end of legacy admissions.

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  • Of the more than 2,000 college students polled, 79 percent support (54 percent strongly; 25 percent somewhat) the end of legacy admissions.
  • According to research, legacy students constitute a significant share of students among the most competitive (mostly private) colleges and universities across the country.
  • The CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, himself a former admissions chief at a private college, suggests that ending legacy admissions would harm colleges ability to enroll low-income students .
  • *Based on the results of an e-survey conducted in June 2021 of 2,035 four-year college and community college students from across the United States.

Under SAT-Only Admissions, Asian American Applicants to Selective Colleges Would Gain Fewer than 3,000 Seats Out of 120,000, Georgetown University Report Finds

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 6:00am

The data do not support the claim that selective colleges adjust the number of Asian American students they admit to maintain a long-term racial balance of students.

Key Points: 
  • The data do not support the claim that selective colleges adjust the number of Asian American students they admit to maintain a long-term racial balance of students.
  • But on the flip side, 21% of Asian American applicants who were previously admitted would no longer qualify.
  • However, CEW researchers found that Asian American students are more likely to apply to highly selective colleges, regardless of their test scores.
  • Asian American students admitted under a test-only policy would still have higher test scores, on average, than nonAsian American students.

College Admissions Consultants & Counselors Directory by State Now Free at AcademicInfluence.com

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 1:36pm

Services from a college admissions consulting agency or counselor may include admissions test preparation, financial aid counseling, high school course planning, college application guidance, interviewing skills development, campus visit preparation, athletic recruitment support, college or university selection, and more.

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  • Services from a college admissions consulting agency or counselor may include admissions test preparation, financial aid counseling, high school course planning, college application guidance, interviewing skills development, campus visit preparation, athletic recruitment support, college or university selection, and more.
  • The "affiliations and accreditations" section provides information on those counselors or consultants who are members of national admissions counseling organizations such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and other notable student-assistance organizations.
  • "It's why we're championing college admissions consultants.
  • For more on what a college admissions consultant or counselor can offer and what to look for when choosing one, see:

Spelman College Breaks Admissions Application Record

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Monday, March 29, 2021 - 7:43pm

This year, Spelman College received more than 11,000 applications for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

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  • This year, Spelman College received more than 11,000 applications for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.
  • "Our admissions team has done an excellent job of sharing our stellar outcomes with prospective students from across the nation.
  • Spelman'sunique history has placed the College on an upward application trajectory since 2014, and there is asense of urgency around supporting HBCUs that is resonating with prospective students,said Chelsea Holley, interim director of admissions.
  • Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent.

Common App welcomes over 30 new colleges and universities for the 2021-2022 application season

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Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

ARLINGTON, Va., March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Students applying to college in 2020-2021 will soon have access to over 30 additional colleges and universities across the United States through the Common App online application system.

Key Points: 
  • ARLINGTON, Va., March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --Students applying to college in 2020-2021 will soon have access to over 30 additional colleges and universities across the United States through the Common App online application system.
  • Used by more than three million applicants, teachers, and counselors around the world every year, the Common App platform streamlines the college application process, providing resources and guidance to make college more accessible for students around the country.
  • "Key to our mission at Common App is lowering the logistical and systemic barriers to college access," said Jenny Rickard, President & CEO of Common App.
  • "Thanks to our diverse membership, all students, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to apply to the colleges or universities that will help them achieve their best future."

"Operation Varsity Blues" from Netflix--AcademicInfluence.com Examines the Truth Behind the College Admissions Scandal

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:38pm

Or so one parent asks in Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, the new Netflix documentary debuting March 17.

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  • Or so one parent asks in Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, the new Netflix documentary debuting March 17.
  • What are the deeper realities behind college admissions?
  • And how can legitimate, fully certified college counselors help students navigate the difficult university admissions process the proper way?
  • The Varsity Blues scandal showed us that some parents will do just about anything to win that competition.

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Responds to Netflix Varsity Blues Docudrama and Anxiety Permeating the College Admissions Process

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 12:00pm

College acceptance rates continue to decline, partly due to the increase in applications, leading to heightened anxiety levels among students and parents.

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  • College acceptance rates continue to decline, partly due to the increase in applications, leading to heightened anxiety levels among students and parents.
  • Sophisticated modeling means computers play an outsize role in college admissions, minimizing the personal stories of students and admission counselors.
  • Since its founding in 1976, IECA has been the leading voice in putting students first in the college admissions journey.
  • About IECA: Founded in 1976, the Independent Educational Consultants Association is the nation's leading professional organization for college advisors working in private practice.

Students for Fair Admissions Files Petition for Certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court to End Race-Based Admissions at Harvard and All Colleges and Universities

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:34pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Students for Fair Admissions petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

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  • WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Students for Fair Admissions petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.
  • Finally, as SFFA irrefutably proved at the lower courts, Harvard's admissions officials consistently and methodically rated Asian-American students lower on personality traits such as "likability," "courage" and "kindness."
  • It is our hope that the justices will accept this case and finally end the consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions."
  • (Washington, DC) Today, Students for Fair Admissions filed a federal lawsuit challenging Yale's discriminatory admissions policy.

Common App Revises Application Questions on Sex and Gender

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 1:30pm

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --As a part of an ongoing effort to revolutionize the college application and create a more equitable admissions process, Common App today announced a series of changes to the questions on its application focused on sex and gender.

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  • ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --As a part of an ongoing effort to revolutionize the college application and create a more equitable admissions process, Common App today announced a series of changes to the questions on its application focused on sex and gender.
  • Beginning in the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, the questions related to gender identity will be revised to better reflect the identities of the more than one million students who use Common App each year.
  • Common App, which is used by more than 900 colleges and universities around the county, will put these new changes into effect for the upcoming 2021-2022 application cycle.
  • Common App is a not-for-profit member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admissions process.