Last week was a busy week in admissions: one affirmative action court case ended and one began, Fall 2020 application numbers started to trickle out (buckle up!), grad school admission is getting more competitive, and changes to several colleges’ spring semesters were announced. And if you’re curious which colleges had the lowest admit rates last year, read on…
A judge has ruled that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process does not violate civil law. The lawyer who brought the suit against Harvard has vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a federal court trial began just a few days ago in which UNC-Chapel Hill is defending its useof affirmative action in admissions.
Despite the pandemic raging and all the uncertainty that came with Fall 2020, enrollment is up at the University System of Georgia, especially at its research universities, which include Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, and Georgia State University.
The first application numbers are starting to come out, as well. UVA reported a 35 percent jump in Early Decision applications and a 15 percent increase in Early Action applications. We expected a boost in applications at highly selective schools given test-optional admissions. We’ll keep you posted on whether this trend holds at other schools as the official figures are released.
On the flip side of that, the state university system in Florida continues to require test scores for admission and their application numbers have tanked as a result; the Florida public system is seeing dips in applications as high as 50 percent.
Curious which schools admitted the lowest proportion of their Fall 2019 applicants? You may be surprised at the order of the list.
While med school admissions has become more flexible during the pandemic it’s also become more competitive. And with a weak job market, applications to MBA programs are up for the first time in five years. Not surprisingly, the more selective programs are thriving.
In response to Covid surges, Michigan moved nearly all spring classes online and encouraged students to leave campus, while the University of Maryland and the SUNY system both moved post-Thanksgiving classes online. Also in response to the pandemic, the Ivy League announced that all fall and winter sports have been canceled; they’re the first Division I Conference to do so.
We’ll continue to end on good news: some college campuses are reporting zero cases of Covid.