25 June 2020

The Many Flavors of Test-Optional College Admissions

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2025, Perspectives

testbrokenpencilAs we entered 2020, roughly one-third of the schools in our coverage universe offered some form of test-optional admissions. That figure is now over 70 percent and now includes all of the Ivies, Stanford, Duke, Tufts, Tulane, all of the University of California campuses and most recently, Emory.

To help you keep up with the changes, we're actively tracking test-optional policies for several popular institutions we cover. As always, the definition of "test-optional" varies by institution and often has strings attached so pay close attention to the details.

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.

College Kickstart subscribers, this is automatically updated and visible as part of the requirements view.

24 June 2020

Top Undergraduate Honors Programs (Class of 2025 Edition)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2025

Honors ProgramsHonors programs are a terrific way for academically talented students to reap the benefits of a liberal arts education within the context of a large research institution.

To give you a better sense for how this can enrich your college experience, we’ve compiled a list of undergraduate honors programs from top public and private universities across the nation. We've included admission profiles where available, progam benefits, whether an extra application is required and a link to each institution's offering for more details.

Click on Continue Reading to see our list of top undergraduate honors programs now.

23 June 2020

Class of 2024 Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats

Posted in Class of 2024, Waitlist

UPDATE #3 (6/23)

waitlist1920indexFor those of you who have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here's a list of 2019 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and latest status where available.  

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 132 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • The number of students admitted from the waitlist more than doubled year over year from 9,882 in 2018 to 21,180 in 2019
  • On average, 15 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted in 2019, up from 7 percent in 2018
  • 48 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the waitlist last year (vs. 70 percent in 2018)
  • 27 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less (vs. 44 percent in 2018)
  • 7 percent admitted no one (vs. 12 percent in 2018)

Given the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we fully expect the rise in waitlist activity to continue for 2020 (Class of 2024).

Be sure to bookmark this page as we expect to be updating status over the next several weeks.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

28 May 2020

Running College Kickstart Without Test Scores

Posted in Class of 2025, College Kickstart

notest modalWe continue to look for ways to help you better manage the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. In the past two months we've added several new capabilities, including:

  • Active tracking of test-optional institutions
  • Links to virtual visit programming for each of the schools we cover
  • A recommendation engine to help you capitalize on test-optional admissions

Today we're introducing a fourth capability: the option to run College Kickstart without a standardized test score.

Available immediately to all College Kickstart subscribers, this feature gives you the flexibility to assess academic performance based solely on GPA and class rank whenever possible. 

Click Continue Reading below to learn more.

16 May 2020

Class of 2024 Admission Results

Posted in Class of 2024

UPDATE #33 (5/16)

gradcapsairHere's our initial list of reported overall admission rates for the Class of 2024. Results are now available for American University, Amherst College, Barnard College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Caltech, Carleton, Colby, Colorado College, Columbia, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, George Washington University, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Macalester, Middlebury, MIT, NYU, Northeastern, Northwestern, Notre Dame, NYU, Oxford College at Emory, Princeton, Rice, Swarthmore, Tufts, Tulane, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley Wesleyan and Yale.  Latest year application totals are available for many more.

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

Click Continue Reading for the list.

19 April 2020

Navigating Test-Optional Admissions with College Kickstart

Posted in Class of 2025, College Kickstart

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In recent weeks we've seen several prominent institutions adopt test-optional admissions for the coming cycle to alleviate some of the anxiety brought on by COVID-19.

With many more institutions expected to follow suit, we've introduced two new capabilities in College Kickstart to help you stay on top of the changes and identify situations where applying test-optional may be worth considering.

Available immediately to all College Kickstart subscribers, it's a much easier way to navigate and capitalize on test-optional admissions in our current environment.

Click Continue Reading below to learn more.

14 April 2020

Class of 2024 Early Decision and Early Action Results

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2024

Update #11 (4/14)

college-studentsHere's our initial list of reported early decision and early action admission rates for the Class of 2024.

This list includes results from Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Colby, Colorado College, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Emory (Oxford), Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, MIT, Providence College, Rice, Santa Clara, University of Georgia, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Washington University in St. Louis, Wesleyan and Yale.

Bookmark this page, as we'll be updating it frequently over the next several weeks.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

12 April 2020

Wesleyan Admits 19.8 Percent of Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

wesleyanWesleyan University announced it admitted 19.8 percent of applicants to the Class of 2024.  

A total of 2,531 students were admitted from a pool of 12,752 applications.

Click here for the news release.

 

10 April 2020

Carleton Admits 20.1 Percent of Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

carleton logoCarleton College announced recently that it admitted 20.1 percent of applicants to the Class of 2024.  

A total of 1,384 students were admitted from a pool of 6,893 applicants.  Applicatons were down nearly 6 percent from the previous year.

The target size for the Class of 2022 is approximately 520. 

Click here for the article.

 

05 April 2020

Notre Dame Admits 3,507 Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

notredame logoThe University of Notre Dame announced that 3,507 applicants were admitted to the Class of 2024.  

A total of 21,270 applications were received this year, resulting in an overall admission rate of 16 percent. The University is targeting an enrollment of 2,050.   

Click here for the news release.

 

05 April 2020

Vanderbilt Admits 2,907 Regular Decision Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

vanderbilt logoVanderbilt University reported that it admitted 2,907 applicants to the Class of 2024 under regular decision.

A total of 32,376 regular decision applications were received, resulting in a regular decision admission rate of 9.0 percent.

Click here for article.

05 April 2020

University of Chicago Admits 6.2 Percent of Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

uchicagoThe University of Chicago announced that it admitted 6.2 percent of applicants to the Class of 2024.  

Applications totaled 34,400, slightly below the 34,648 applications received from the previous year.  

Click here for the news release.

 

03 April 2020

Columbia Admits 6.1 Percent of Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

Columbia University announced it admitted 6.1 percent of applicants to the Class of 2024.

2,465 applicants were admitted from a total pool of 40,203 applications.

Click here for details.

03 April 2020

Davidson Admits 19 Percent of Applicants to the Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

davidson logoDavidson College announced that it admitted 19 percent of applicants to the Class of 2024.  

Application and admittance counts were not provided.

Click here for the news release.

 

31 March 2020

NYU Admits 15 Percent of Applicants to Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

nyu logo new york universityNYU announced today that it admitted 15 percent of applicants to its New York campus to the Class of 2024.  

Over 85,000 applications were received for all campuses (New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai).

Click here for the article.

 

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