Class of 2022

27 September 2017

Notable Admission Rate Changes for the Class of 2021

Posted in Class of 2022, Class of 2021


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 2021 and the Class of 2020. 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.

Relative to last year, the number of schools with notable changes has doubled.  Unfortunately, the news from the majority of schools listed is not in your favor, and depending on how you categorize schools, the change may be enough to turn a likely into a target or target into a reach.  On the flip side, we've also identified a few schools where rates have become more favorable due to declining applications or expanded admissions.  Regardless, take a moment to review the list—the last thing anyone needs at this point is a surprise!

College Kickstart subscribers: Class of 2021 admission rates have already been incorporated into the latest release of College Kickstart.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

21 September 2017

Colleges Where Interviews are Required or Strongly Recommended (Class of 2022)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2022

interviewWith the fall application cycle now in full swing, it's important to keep an eye on interview requirements for the schools on your list—especially if they're looking for evidence of demonstrated interest.  

To make this easier for you, we've compiled a list of popular schools where interviews are required or strongly recommended, along with the degree to which the institution considers demonstrated interest as part of the evaluation.  

In cases like Hillsdale College where interviews are highly recommended and demonstrated interest is very important, it's a good bet than an interview is worth your time.  On the flip side, if interviews are optional and demonstrated interest isn't considered, booking an interview is less critical.  The devil is in the details, so to help you figure out your strategy we've also included a link to each listed school's interview policy.  Do keep in mind that interview requirements may often vary by major.

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

12 September 2017

U.S. News & World Report Posts 2018 College Rankings

Posted in Class of 2022, College Rankings

usnwr bestcollegesU.S. News & World Report released their 2018 college rankings earlier today.  Over 1,800 schools were covered nationwide and evaluated on multiple measures of academic excellence and outcomes to produce the final rankings.

Princeton retains sole posession 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. 

07 August 2017

Common App Schools That Don't Require Extra Essays (2017-18)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2022

commonapplogoIn search of schools with no extra Common App essays?  Look no further, check out our list of popular schools here, updated for the 2017-18 application season.  

The list includes schools that simply require the base essay as well as others offering "optional" essays 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.

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.

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 February 2017

Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-18

Posted in Class of 2022

commonapplogoThe Common App essay prompts for 2017-18 are now available.  Three of the five original prompts have been revised, and two new prompts have been added.  The word count limit remains at 650.

Click here for the list of prompts.

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