GRE Score Choice

Posted by: Website Administrator on 4/27/2012

Educational Testing Service (ETS), the administrator of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), announced that applicants to graduate school will no longer have to submit all of their test scores, but will be able to choose only the best scores to share. 

Test takers who are worried about having an “off day,” will now have the option of retaking the test without needing to share the lower score.  However, applicants will have to submit scores for an entire administration of the exam, meaning they cannot send sections of GRE scores from different dates.

With the addition of score choice for the GRE, it could become a more popular test for business school applicants who would otherwise have taken the GMAT, which requires applicants to submit all scores. 

ETS’ new policy gives the applicant more control in the graduate school application process.  Just remember to check-in with the schools you are applying to before deciding to send just one, or all, of your GRE scores.  Some graduate schools may want to see your entire score history to provide context for your test scores, and others may not have a preference.  Either way, your best plan is to follow the recommendation of the Admissions Office.

Reporting Sexual Orientation

Posted by: Website Administrator on 3/16/2012

The University of California system has proposed asking incoming freshmen to identify their sexual orientation.  For now, they are only considering asking incoming students, but this is something that admissions offices at other colleges are beginning to explore.

Elmhurst College began to ask applicants about their sexual orientation last year.  Elmhurst is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, which endorsed gay marriage in 2005.  They even have some scholarships available for students who self-identify as gay in order to foster a more diverse campus community.

Asking students to report their sexual orientation on an admissions application or prior to enrollment serves a dual purpose.  It is important for practical reasons so that colleges know what types of resources and support services they will need to provide for the incoming students.  It also demonstrates that colleges recognize the value of a diverse student population, not just in terms of ethnicity and geography, but sexual orientation, as well.

For more details, you can read the full story at The Choice, a New York Times blog about college admissions.

Colleges with a Commitment to Community Service

Posted by: Website Administrator on 3/13/2012
If finding and attending a college with plenty of opportunities for community service and service learning is important to you, you will be interested in looking at the colleges and universities listed on the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  

Five Presidential Award-winning colleges and fourteen Honor Roll Finalists were honored on Monday by the Department of Education for their commitment to community service and service learning.  The award is given to colleges that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.  The award winners are Carson-Newman College, North Carolina State University, Miami University (Ohio), Seattle University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The combined participation of students at the Presidential Award winners and the Honor Roll Finalists in community service was a total of more than 105 million hours.  Nearly one million of their students engaged in service learning and more than 1.6 million participated in other forms of community service.

For students who are genuinely interested in community service, you might want to consider adding a couple of these schools to your list.

College Completion Report

Posted by: Website Administrator on 3/8/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education issued a special report this week about college graduation rates in the United States. At Expert Admissions, we are fortunate because the students we work with expect to graduate from college in four years, and many will likely go on to pursue graduate or professional degrees, as well. This is not the case, however, for most of the students who enroll as college freshmen every year at our nation’s 4,000 public, private, and for-profit colleges and universities.

According to the report, of the 4.3 million students who enrolled as college freshmen at US colleges in 2004, 2.1 million officially did not graduate, and another 1.2 million students (part-time students, transfer students, and students who take a break and enroll elsewhere later on) were not tracked. 487,000 graduated from public colleges and universities, 119,000 from community colleges, 121,000 from for-profit colleges, and 292,000 from private colleges and universities.

Among the colleges tracked starting in 2004, Vassar College had the highest graduation rate in New York State with 93.3% graduating within 6 years.

How did your college, or the colleges on your list, perform in this study?

College Completion Report

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