25 September 2019

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2023

Posted in Class of 2024, Class of 2023


Given how sophisticated colleges have become in recruiting applicants, it's dangerous to rely on old admissions data.  

We've taken a look at our coverage universe and identified schools with notable admission rate differences between the Class of 2023 and the Class of 2022. In addition to providing the admission rates, we've included some commentary to explain why as well as a link back to the source article.

This year's notable changes are primarily about falling admission rates with a smattering of rising rates at BYU and three University of California campuses.  For institutions with declining admission rates, much of this is attributable to year over year application growth and declines in admitted students.  While some institutions admitted fewer students to compensate for overenrollment the previous year, we suspect others have done so as a result of admitted higher proportions of applicants through early decision/early action programs. 

Depending on how you categorize schools, the admission rate change may be enough to turn a likely into a target or target into a reach.  Regardless, take a moment to review the list—the last thing anyone needs at this point is a surprise!

College Kickstart subscribers: Class of 2023 admission rates have already been incorporated into the latest release of College Kickstart.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

09 September 2019

U.S. News & World Report Posts 2020 College Rankings

Posted in Class of 2024, College Rankings

usnwr bestcollegesU.S. News & World Report released their 2020 college rankings earlier today.  Over 1,400 schools were covered nationwide and evaluated on multiple measures of academic excellence and outcomes to produce the final rankings.

Approximately 13 percent of institutions were reclassified to changes in the underlying Carnegie classification system in 2018.

Princeton retains sole possession of the top spot for National Universities, and Williams College tops the list of Liberal Arts Colleges.  

Click on Continue Reading to see the rankings changes. 

06 September 2019

Early Admission Plan Changes for the Class of 2024

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2024

Update #1 (9/6)

college kickstart logoMost schools have completed their updates for the Class of 2024 admission cycle (2019-20), and several of the changes we've observed are worth noting. 

In particular, 16 schools have modified early admission options available to applicants this fall.  Notable changes include the replacement of Early Action for Early Decision I/II at Boston College, the introduction of a new Early Decision I option at Howard University and the University of Virginia, and a new Early Action option at Union College.

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 to our subscribers: the data has already been incorporated into the product, simply re-run College Kickstart to see how it impacts your plan.

Click on Continue Reading below for the details.

20 August 2019

Common App Schools That Don't Require Extra Essays (2019-20)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2024

commonapplogoIn search of schools with no extra Common App essays?  Look no further, check out our list of popular schools here, updated for the 2019-20 application season.  

The list includes schools that simply require the base essay (e.g. personal statement). Keep in mind that many of these schools may have "optional" prompts which you might want to complete anyway to strengthen your application.  

If you're a student or parent with a College Kickstart Plus or Premium subscription, this information is already available to you as part of our application requirements tracking feature.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

15 August 2019

Keeping Track of 2019-20 Application Requirements with College Kickstart

Posted in Class of 2024, College Kickstart

Key Application Requirements (2019-20)

Tired of Googling constantly for the latest application requirements? Look no further — let College Kickstart help you stay on top of your game. 

13 August 2019

Money Magazine College Rankings (2019-20)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2024, College Rankings

moneymagMoney Magazine just released its college rankings for 2019-20. Over 2,000 schools were evaluated based on 26 factors along three categories: educational quality, affordability and outcomes. The result: 744 schools that deliver a great education at an affordable price, with good outcomes post graduation.

The top of the list:

  • University of California - Irvine 
  • Baruch College (CUNY)
  • Princeton University
  • University of California - Los Angeles 
  • University of California - Davis
  • Stanford University
  • MIT 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of California - San Diego 
  • University of Virginia 

Click here for the rankings or here for the methodology.


24 July 2019

University of California Fall 2019 Admission Trends

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2024, Class of 2023, Perspectives

ucHot off the press!  We've had a chance to review the Fall 2019 admissions data released recently 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 residents and steady for out of state and international students as the University of California continues to settle on a new normal that accommodates a larger mix of non-residents.   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.

10 July 2019

Great Liberal Arts Colleges with Engineering Programs

Posted in Your College List

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In search of great liberal arts colleges with engineering programs?

Here's a list of popular liberal arts colleges offering engineering as part of their curriculum. Some like Swarthmore and Bucknell offer traditional engineering majors, while others offer joint "3/2" programs with other institutions to let you combine a great liberal arts education with an engineering degree over five years.

Affiliated partner engineering schools include Caltech, Columbia, Dartmouth, Washington University in St. Louis, RPI, and more. Two of the most frequent programs seen on the list are offered by the Columbia University and Dartmouth College. The Columbia program, typically a five year program in which students are at Columbia for the final two, gives liberal arts college students the opportunity to earn a BS degree from the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition, most programs offer the option for students to complete a MS degree at Columbia in 6 years as an extension of the existing 3-2 program.

At Dartmouth, students have the opportunity to study at the Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering as part of a 2-1-1-1 program. Students will attend Dartmouth in their third and fifth years and will earn a BE degree in addition to their BA degree. Participating students may also have a secondary option to partake in a 3-2 program instead of the 2-1-1-1 program.

For each liberal arts college identified in the list, we've included the type of program offered, admit rate, mid 50th percentile test scores and a link for more details.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

08 July 2019

Undergraduate Schools with Strong Environmental Science Programs

Posted in Your College List

data science imageIn search of schools with strong undergraduate programs in environmental science/studies?

Look no further, here's a list of 40 colleges with strong environmental programs curated from several sources, including the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council, The Ecology Project, US News, Environmental Science.org, Niche, Learn.org and USA Today.

Each entry includes the institution's overall admission rate, mid-50th percentile test scores and a link that takes you directly to the college’s Environmental Science program for more information. We've also included notes that give insight to why we believe that each institution is noteworthy.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

25 June 2019

Undergraduate Schools with Strong Data Science Programs

Posted in Your College List

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Interested in preparing for one of the most promising and in-demand career paths of our time? Look no further than Data Science!

An up-and-coming field, the term “Data Scientist” was coined as recently as 2008 and ranked the #1 Best Job in America by Glassdoor in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Studying "big data" will teach you how to ask important, real-world questions, collect data, organize information, translate results into solutions, and communicate your findings in ways that will effect positive change.

Using information compiled from U.S. News, Tech Republic, Discover Data Science, and the Data Science Degree Programs Guide, here's a list of schools with strong Data Science programs for undergrads. Some schools have a bit of information after the name indicating that the school only offers a minor, certificate program, concentration, or degree track in Data Science. Additionally, Data Science programs are called different things by different schools, including “Statistics and Data Science,” “Data Analytics,” and “Business Analytics.”

We’ve organized the schools from least to greatest admission rate, and we’ve also provided links to each school’s Data Science program to help you explore.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

29 May 2019

Class of 2023 Admission Results

Posted in Class of 2023

UPDATE #33 (5/29)

gradcapsairHere's our latest list of reported overall admission rates for the Class of 2023. Results are now available for American University, Amherst, Barnard, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Carleton, Colby, Colgate, Colorado College, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Fordham, Franklin and Marshall, George Washington University, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hamilton, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh, Macalester, MIT, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Northeastern, Northwestern, Notre Dame, NYU, Oxford at Emory, Pitzer, Princeton, Rice, Santa Clara, Scripps, Swarthmore, Tufts, Tulane, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Wake Forest,  Washington and Lee, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, Wesleyan, William & Mary, Williams 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.

29 May 2019

Class of 2023 Waitlist Notification Dates and Stats

Posted in Class of 2023, Waitlist

UPDATE #3 (5/29)

waitlist2019For those of you that have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here's a list of 2018 waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and latest status where available.  

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 138 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • On average, 11 percent of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted
  • 71 percent of the schools admitted 10 percent or less of the students accepting a place on the wait list last year
  • 57 percent of the schools admitted 5 percent or less
  • 24 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.

29 May 2019

University of Virginia Adds Early Decision Option for Class of 2024

Posted in Class of 2024

uva logoThe University of Virginia announced it will add an early decision option for Class of 2024 applicants this fall.  

The deadline for early decision will be 10/15, with decisions released in mid-December.    

Click here for the announcement.


19 April 2019

Introducing the College Kickstart Board Reporting Service

Posted in College Kickstart

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May is right around the corner, and if you're a high school college counselor, that means it's time for board reports!

If you're spending way too much time gathering data and crunching numbers, check in with us at College Kickstart. Our new Board Reporting Service makes board reporting painless and gets you out of the weeds so you can focus on communicating insights.

Using a standard export from Naviance, we'll analyze your data and prepare a summary of admission and matriculation results, sliced and diced in a variety of ways to identify trends and provide insights to your board. 

That includes incorporating the latest available Class of 2023 admission rates and the latest Barron's and U.S. News rankings.  We've even included quintile reporting to let you delve deeper into what's happening by academic cohort.

Click Continue Reading to learn more.  


13 April 2019

Carleton Admits 19.2 Percent of Applicants to the Class of 2023

Posted in Class of 2023

carleton logoCarleton College announced recently that it admitted 19.2 percent of applicants to the Class of 2023.  

A total of 1,401 students were admitted from a pool of 7,321 applicants.  Applicatons were up 3 percent from the previous year.

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

Click here for the article.


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