This week, changes to NYU’s application process, Columbia faces lawsuits, companies support affirmative action, and a college counselor resigns.
NYU announced big changes to its application process for this fall. It will only require one letter of recommendation, and it doesn’t have to be from a teacher or a counselor. NYU also made its supplemental essay optional and changed the prompt.
Two former Columbia University students are suing the university due to the ongoing rankings debacle. The students claim that Columbia broke a New York protection law by submitting false information to boost its placement on U.S. News and World Report’s Best College rankings.
This week, nearly 80 companies – including Google and Apple – filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of affirmative action. The companies argue that “corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts depend on university admissions programs that lead to graduates educated in racially and ethnically diverse environments.”
A college counselor in Rochester, NY resigned after a teacher at her school withdrew a letter of recommendation for a top student during the Early Decision round. The counselor felt the teacher’s withdrawal was purposely vindictive toward the student and that the school did not step in on the student’s behalf. The story has a happy ending, though: the student was admitted to Harvard in the Regular Decision round.
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