This week, another test-optional extension, an update from Columbia, new financial aid policies at Williams, and a critique of college ranking systems.
Tulane University announced that they will remain test-optional for another application cycle, impacting students applying for Fall 2023 (current high school juniors, that’s you). The University is referencing continued complications with testing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Columbia University president, Lee C. Bollinger, said that he will be stepping down at the end of the next academic year, after 21 years as president.
Williams College, already well known for a generous financial aid model, has unveiled a new financial aid policy. Notably, the College has shared that all loans will be turned into grants, no student will have to hold down a job during the academic year or during the summer, and parent contributions toward tuition costs will continue to decrease.
A new book by the president of Reed College, Colin Diver, examines the rankings systems that impact undergraduate colleges and law schools. Reed College opted out of the U.S. News and World Report ranking system in 1995, and Diver argues that colleges can, and should, fight against them.