A popular college guide drops test scores, the Common App announced its newest members, and a survey of college life during Covid are our top stories this week.
The Fiske Guide, a popular college guide, will stop publishing SAT and ACT score ranges. Editor Edward Fiske said that “several recent trends have conspired to call into question the validity of admissions-test data — and hence the reliability of using them.” With so many schools being test-optional, a trend that’s expected to continue, scores reflect a smaller proportion of the incoming class. Fiske went on to say, “Incomplete, and thus misleading, scores serve no one’s interest.”
The Common App announced 30+ new members for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Among them are Pratt, University of Illinois (UIUC), James Madison (JMU), and ‘Bama.
The New York Times invites students to submit their college essays every year and over 900 seniors answered the call this year. Themes were overwhelmingly about the pandemic upending life as we know it and the civil unrest our country is grappling with. You can read some of the published essays here.
A recently released survey about students’ college experiences over the past year found that many students are feeling ambivalent about their current college experiences. Nearly one-third of respondents said they never want to take another class on Zoom, while 9 percent of the 2,000 respondents said they never want to go back to in-person classes!
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is hosting virtual college fairs this spring.
If you want to stay on top of the decision release dates for colleges, be sure to visit our online chart, updated as new info comes in.
In happy news, this week we learned that colleges are introducing more career-focused programs, including classes on “Advanced Craft Beverage Brewing” and other useful topics!