US admissions weekly update (Jan 22, 2016)

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More College Admission Officers Are Looking At Applicants’ Social Media Profiles, Record Number of Applications to Penn’s Class of 2020

As seniors wait to hear back from colleges, the spotlight has now turned to current juniors, who are in a very critical phase of the college prep process. It’s important at this stage to make sure you’re informed on the latest college admissions news. Luckily, we have the week’s top higher education news articles right here.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to be in the know when it comes time to apply to college. The admissions landscape is constantly changing, and sometimes it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest admissions trends. At IvyWise, we try to make this easier by bringing families that later college admissions and higher education news every Friday.

Here are some of the top stories in college admissions news from this past week:

  1. Kaplan released its latest survey of college admissions officers this week and revealed that 40% of admissions officers reported visiting applicants’ social media profiles to learn more about them. While it’s often on a case-by-case basis, 30% said they have found something negative online that could hurt an applicant’s chances of admission. The lesson: Be smart about social media!
  2. Colleges have been steadily releasing information on applicants to the class of 2020, and some, like Penn and Northwestern, have reported record numbers of applicants. 38,792 students applied to Penn’s class of 2020, a 4% increase from last year. Northwestern saw a 9% in applications, with 35,034 students applying for fall admission. The University of California – Berkeley also saw a record number of applicants this admissions season, with 101,655 freshman and transfer students applying to the selective university.
  3. The Georgia Institute of Technology released its early action data last weekend, revealing that 30% of early applicants were admitted.
  4. PSAT scores are here! Do you know what they mean? This is a great overview from Washington Post on how the scale has changed, how it will affect National Merit qualification, and more.
  5. Feeling stressed about the college admissions process? Don’t! Check out the latest piece on our blog about how to manage college admissions stress and enjoy the process.
  6. From the New York Times: New York City’s High School Graduation Rate Tops 70%
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