Admissions

'New York Times' introduces new index of colleges' commitment to low-income students

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The New York Times names the most "economically diverse" top colleges (hours before a certain other ranking is released), but methodology excludes all but a few public institutions.

Goucher will create new option for admissions: a two-minute video

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Goucher College creates a new option in which applicants will be evaluated on the basis of a two-minute video.

Mount Holyoke will now accept applications from transgender women

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Mount Holyoke College adopts formal policy to admit students who are female or who identify as women.

Duke U. adds voluntary admissions question on sexual orientation and gender identity

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University adds optional application essay on sexual orientation and gender identity.

White House gathers experts to boost college counseling

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With less fanfare, the White House once again convenes a conference on getting more low-income students into college. The focus this time is college counseling. 

Scholar explores how graduate admissions committees view measures of merit and diversity

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Scholar goes behind scenes to observe professors decide whom to admit to top Ph.D. programs. She finds that GRE and grades dominate first winnowing, while diversity comes into play later.

Dispute over company that works with colleges on graduate and professional school applications

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A company that helps leading graduate and professional schools handle applications has owed millions and misled its clients about why they're not getting their money, lawsuit alleges.

As prices rise, colleges are offering students steeper discounts, again

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Private college discount rates continue to rise, and some worry about the long-term impact.

Contract reveals Arizona State U.-Starbucks partnership details

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Arizona State University's accord with the coffee giant reveals the university is banking on the partnership being a success.

New book says community colleges should tighten their admissions policies

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Too many unprepared students are enrolling in community college, argues a new book, which takes on both open-access admissions policies and the "completion agenda."

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