Admissions

Smith College students protest two leaked faculty letters

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Social work professors told administrators that they were letting students make unfair accusations and admitting unqualified students. Then someone forwarded the professors' letters to students. UPDATE: Dean responds.

What happens when colleges drop need-blind admissions

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Some maintain that they can drop the policy and preserve access, but those who have gone need blind have seen gains in student diversity.

Poll finds public opposition to considering race and ethnicity in college admissions

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Supreme Court decision, praised by college leaders, is opposed by nearly two-thirds of adult Americans. Support is higher for considering athletic ability or alumni child status than race in admissions.

Haverford College shifts from need-blind to need-aware admissions

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College says it will admit a small share of its applicant pool based in part on ability to pay.

ETS plans to encourage graduate departments to de-emphasize GRE

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ETS plans to discourage graduate departments from relying in excess on test scores in deciding whom to admit.

Proposed HBCU tuition cuts draw criticism in North Carolina

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Republican lawmakers back bill that would substantially cut tuition and revenue, and seek more student diversity, at five system campuses, four of which are minority-serving institutions.

Discount rates rise yet again at private colleges and universities

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Private colleges and universities are trying new strategies after discount rates rose to unseen levels yet again.

University of Maine draws more out-of-state students to Orono with tuition matching

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U of Maine used tuition-matching campaign to force its way into conversation with other Northeastern flagships. Move boosted freshman commitments, but none of the targeted campuses are admitting to losing applicants.

Sweet Briar falls short of initial enrollment target, but leaders remain optimistic

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The nearly shuttered college did not hit its May 1 goal for admissions, but leaders hope to snag more students during the summer melt period in the rebuilding effort.

New book, based on interviews with law deans and admissions officers, details impact of rankings

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Two sociologists interviewed law deans and admissions officers about impact of U.S. News rankings on legal education -- and their new book says impact is significant and generally negative.

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