Admissions

Study suggests admissions decisions reward grade inflation

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Applicants from institutions with grade inflation are favored over those who had more rigorous instructors, study finds.

Some colleges recruit students who have already accepted offers elsewhere

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In theory, colleges aren't supposed to recruit applicants who have put down deposits elsewhere. But some do.

Law school makes applicants a 24-hour offer

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Law school at Washington University St. Louis offered "exploding" scholarships to top applicants. As applications decline, law schools are under greater pressure than ever to keep the credentials of incoming classes high.

UT Austin students' reaction to ruling muted

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Supreme Court's decision produces a mixed but muted reaction among students at the University of Texas at Austin, with many expecting a more definitive ruling.

How Northwestern admissions officials joked about angry parents

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Northwestern admissions leader created fake fields on internal database to classify those upset about some rejections. The humor didn't go over well with the parent of one rejected applicant.

Reed College eliminates application fee to increase applications from low-income students

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Reed eliminates its application fee in a bid to secure more applications, particularly from low-income students who could benefit from the college's need-based aid.

NACAC study says counseling can affect students' college aspirations

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New study stresses importance of talking about higher education well before it's time to start applying.

Another college admits that it gave 'U.S. News' incorrect data

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor reported an acceptance rate of 27.4 percent. It was really 89.1 percent.

Georgia college sues Tennessee over state's reaction to a billboard

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Berry College, in Georgia, sues Tennessee after being told that because it is advertising in Nashville, it should be treated as if it were operating a college there.

New papers suggest summer outreach can help low-income rising freshmen

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Two new Harvard papers indicate outreach to low-income students in the summer before college can have a significant impact on whether they enroll.

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