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One College with Competitive Admissions Is Interested in Direct Admissions

August 11, 2022

At least one college that admits less than 50 percent of its applicants has had discussions with the Common Application about joining its direct admissions program.

Jenny Rickard, president and chief executive officer of Common App, made that statement Wednesday, without naming the institution, at a briefing on the direct admissions program.

Common App is currently planning on working with 10 institutions during the next year on direct admissions, up from six this year. Rickard said they would be announced soon.

The Common App is among several companies, colleges and one state (Minnesota) expanding direct admissions.


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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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