There was a lot of college admissions news this week, so let’s get right to it!
A recent College Board report reviewed the impact of test-optional policies on admissions at 51 public and private institutions. The report found that applications were up across the board, with the largest increases at highly selective private universities, and that four in ten applicants elected not to send a test score in the Fall of 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, has called for change in university measures of success, noting that college completion should be a central focus. Turns out, there are college rankings that take economic mobility into account — and Harvard ranked 847th out of 1,320 schools.
Arizona State University has registered a record number of undergraduate and graduate students for this fall. The total — 140,759 students — includes a 23.6% increase in international students.
Ten fraternities at USC have disaffiliated with the university to form an independent interfraternity council. The move came after USC’s recent crackdown on fraternities over safety concerns.
A recent study from the U.S. Census Bureau and the University of Michigan found that the potential earnings for graduates of public flagship institutions are 10% higher than previously published data suggested.
Each year, colleges employ innovative techniques to combat summer melt — the term used for the percentage of students who submit an enrollment deposit but don’t ultimately show up on move-in day. Trends show this melt has increased in the last few years and might get worse.