A roundup of admissions news in the last week

New criticism of legacy admissions; fear of Chinese students; bias against Asian universities; work-study winners and losers.

2 Admissions Statistics: Which Will Get Attention?

Two statistics related to college admissions and enrollment came out Tuesday:

  • Harvard University announced that 42,742 students applied for admission to its Class of 2022, an increase of 8.2 percent from the previous year. Of course it was a long shot last year, and the year before. It's just a bit more of a long shot now.
  • California announced that applications for its state aid program for undocumented students are down, apparently because many of these students are afraid of identifying themselves, given the uncertainties over U.S. policy about them. As of Monday, 19,141 had applied, about half the total of a year ago. "We're 20,000 students behind," Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, told the Los Angeles Times.
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Suit reveals elite college consultants charged a family $1.5 million

Lawsuit reveals just how much a college consulting service will charge for its services.

University of Texas at Dallas ends automatic admission by test score

A few dozen students a year who were meeting the SAT requirement were in the bottom half of their high school classes and didn't perform well in college.

Suicide note by 16-year-old renews debate about pressure at top high schools

Death of a 16-year-old at a competitive high school in California leaves many asking whether too much is being asked of students.

A roundup of admissions news in the last week

Humanities grads are employed and like their work; questioning use of metrics in admissions; free tuition program at Madison; "Macron effect."

French president's alma mater sees surge in international applicants


French president's alma mater sees surge in international applications.

Article renews debate over whether admissions officials are diverse enough to admit diverse classes

Article renews debate over whether too-narrow definitions of merit and too-homogeneous admissions staffing limit the diversity of those who are admitted.

Temple's inaccurate information is but latest dispute over M.B.A. rankings

Temple removes itself from more rankings, but it is not the only university to have M.B.A. statistics challenged.


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