President of Northern State makes unusual video pitch for students

Throwing money in the air, hanging out with the mascot and humor are all part of the strategy for the leader of Northern State.

Admissions officials consider impact of erosion of SAT subject tests

Colleges continue to drop requirements that were once the norm at competitive institutions. The exams have fans, but shift from required to recommended frustrates many counselors, who report applicant confusion.

'U.S. News' rankings should be viewed as fake news (essay)

Jim Jump considers the flaws of U.S. News rankings.

Essay considers controversial equity issues in admissions

Don Hossler, Jerry Lucido and Emily Chung consider legacy preferences, early decision and other issues and draw attention to a key fact: the limited number of slots at elite institutions.

A roundup of admissions news in the last week

Making the case for the liberal arts; a Kayak for credentials; Columbia law will accept GRE.

Columbia Is Latest Law School to Accept GRE

Columbia University's law school on Tuesday became the latest to announce that it will accept the Graduate Record Examination for admissions, not just the traditionally required Law School Admission Test. Four months ago, only Harvard University and the University of Arizona did so. But Columbia joins them, along with Washington University in St. Louis, which also announced this month, and the law schools of Georgetown and Northwestern Universities, which made their announcements in August.

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Move to let applicants self-report SAT and ACT scores spreads

Washington University in St. Louis joins movement, a year after Colby and the University of Chicago.

Black students at Cornell reconsider demand on admissions priorities

Group says it understands the reactions of those concerned over request for a focus on black students who are not the children of recent immigrants.

Essay on the challenge for college counselors to focus on students' interests

Jim Jump considers the situations where a college counselor’s interests may not entirely overlap with those of students.

Worries grow about application essay 'help' that may go too far

Should college applicants (who can afford it) spend thousands of dollars for coaching on what to write? Are those who take their money just doing a better (and less visible) job than are many parents?


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