This week, the Biden administration shared big plans for higher education, US News analyzed data about waitlist movement, and we learned that more than 60 percent of colleges are already test-optional for next year.
President Biden unveiled his goal to make community college free for two years, increase the Pell Grant, and invest in completion and retention activities at colleges and universities that serve low-income students.
Additionally, the State Department announced this week that it would exempt student visa-holders from Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa from any travel bans relating to Covid. Similar exceptions were previously made for students coming to the US from the United Kingdom, Europe, and Ireland.
Artificial intelligence is now a tool used in college admissions and financial aid. We know that AI is used for things like chatbots, plagiarism detection, and grading papers. However, it’s increasingly being used for more controversial things, like evaluating and scoring an applicant’s personality and for making financial aid decisions.
U.S. News reported the 10 colleges with the lowest percentage of students admitted from the waitlist. You’ll likely be surprised which schools made the list (and which didn’t). Read our helpful tips for what to do if you’re waitlisted here.
The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, Fairtest.org, reported this week that 1,400 four-year colleges and universities will not require the SAT or ACT next year. That’s about 60 percent of the country’s four-year colleges. You can see our list of test-optional schools here.