This week, more eye-opening admissions data, debates about calculus, grade-forgiveness policies, Covid cases, new Common Application members, and March Madness champions!
Many colleges and universities have started reporting statistics on their incoming Class of 2026. It will come as no surprise that the Ivy League and other highly selective schools (Rice, Middlebury, Tufts, and Vanderbilt, among many others) are showcasing record low numbers this application cycle. There is also a growing trend among Ivy League schools choosing not to share their admitted student data.
There has been some chatter among stakeholders in higher education exploring whether calculus counts “too much” in the admissions process. You can read the opinions here.
A new study has shown that students offered grade-forgiveness policies and a second chance in STEM classes actually persist in their respective STEM major much longer and take harder classes than students not offered a second chance.
The University of Michigan announced a rise in Covid cases on campus this week — almost all linked to indoor events.
The Common Application announced new members this week and there’s a notable addition: UT Austin. Hook ‘em Horns!