This week, more of the same from U.S News and World Report, no parties at Columbia, an east coast-west coast merger is official, women make up the majority of college students, and big donations in Massachusetts.
U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of top colleges and universities this week, and the well-known report still used testing in their ranking system. Testing was included, despite the fact that large numbers of students did not take standardized tests during the last application cycle. In fact, 700,000 fewer students took the SAT. Unsurprisingly, the list remains mostly unchanged at the top.
Speaking of schools at the top of the rankings, Columbia University is banning frat parties this semester to help stop the spread of Covid, and Brown University has instituted new restrictions on campus after a spike in Covid cases.
After months of legal battles and dissent from alumnae, Mills College has officially merged with Northeastern University. NEU will assume all of Mills’ liabilities and assets next July.
The National Student Clearinghouse found that for the 2020–21 academic year 59.5% of college students were women. If this trend continues, two women will earn a college degree for every man.
Two schools are the recipients of their largest-ever donations. Boston College received $75 million from the Joyce and E. Paul Robsham Estate.The money will be used for a range of initiatives across the campus. Also in Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts announced a cash gift of $50 million from Robert J. and Donna Manning. The gift is aimed at increasing access and opportunity across the five-campus university system.