Admissions essays are thought of by many as less scientific than other parts of the college application process — a chance to share a personal story, to inject personality into the process, to become more than just a grade-point average or test score. Continue reading
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has argued that college is overvalued in this country and that not everyone should go. He’s even called it a bubble — like housing. But entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa defends higher education, calling Thiel’s ideas — including his fellowship to pay students to drop out of college — “a race to the bottom of the global economic ladder.” Continue reading
This fall, Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts became the second all-women’s college in the U.S. to begin accepting applications from transgender students. Continue reading
Can an applicant explain why he or she would thrive at a given college in two minutes? If the applicant wants to enroll at Goucher College, that is pretty much all it will take under a new admissions option being announced today. Applicants can now submit a two-minute video instead of all the traditional requirements, such as test scores, transcripts and essays. Continue reading
One of the most frequently taken college admission exams in America has just undergone a significant makeover. The College Board, which administers the SAT, announced Wednesday the first major changes to the test since 2005.
The changes, which will not take effect until 2016, include the removals of mandatory essays, penalties for incorrect answer and obscure vocabulary words. Continue reading