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Early results 2016

Yep…bumper year…increase in applications. Increase in quality…lower admit rates…you know the drill…but what is the story? Colleges have been slower to release details this year. Some (I am looking at you Stanford) has decided not to tell us at all. Why? Who knows. Certainly puting uup lists of admit rates potentially contributes to the admission rat race, but for many of us it helps us in our advising and making sense of what is happening. Why did Emory’s great side door known as Oxford suddently get discovered? How did Chicago’s addition of ED I and II plans impact their EA applicants and rates? We don’t know becuase they have not told us?

Below is the list of shools that have shared some ifnormation with relvant links:

Early Decision


College/University Name

ED Acceptance Percentage

Increase in ED Applications

% of class filled


Babson College




Barnard College

Historically: 42%



Bentley University





Brandeis University
























Emory (oxford)







Fordham University



Harvey Mudd College




Johns Hopkins




Loyola Marymount University


first year with ED
















University of Rochester



Up 20%






Does not have questbridge. Will go up.










* approximation based on information provided in common data set.


Early Action

College/University Name 

EA Acceptance Percentage 

Percentage Increase in EA 



Babson College




Chapman University




Fordham University




Georgetown Univerrsity






Loyola Marymount University













Notre Dame






U Georgia








Colleges and guns

The US has long had a special relationship with guns, one that often puzzles many international students. Several states potentially allow tudents to carry concealed guns. While some states allow it, they leave it up to the invidual institution. Others do not permit an instutional choice. The map below, from armedcampus, gives a quick insight of states and their guns on campus policy:

RED = Concealed guns allowed by law
GREY = Concealed guns allowed by law, but schools limit locations/who carries
GREEN = Concealed guns on campus prohibited by law
YELLOW = Schools decide weapons policy
ORANGE = Concealed guns allowed only in locked cars in parking lots

Colleges and guns

The US has long had a special relationship with guns, one that often puzzles many international students. Several states potentially allow tudents to carry concealed guns. While some states allow it, they leave it up to the invidual institution. Others do not permit an instutional choice. The map below gives a quick insight of states and their guns on campus policy:

Colleges and guns

The US has long had a special relationship with guns, one that often puzzles many international students. Several states potentially allow tudents to carry concealed guns. While some states allow it, they leave it up to the invidual institution. Others do not permit an instutional choice. The map below gives a quick insight of states and their guns on campus policy:

Colleges for Twins

Got Twins?

Sure they are twice as much fun, and often twice the price, but it does not have to be that way when it comes to colleges. Twinversity offers up important considerations in the colleges search. Verywell offers a specific list of colleges offering discounts or scholarships for Twins



One For All: Scholarships for Multiples Who Attend the Same College

Generally, the available scholarship funding is offered when twins attend the same college.


Here are some colleges and universities with specific programs.

  • Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia. Offers a 15% discount on tuition when both twins are enrolled; the scholarship is renewable each year of enrollment. There is no application process; contact the financial aid department for further information. In 2008-2009, five sets of twins took advantage of the discount.
  • Sterling College, Sterling Kansas. Sterling College has had a Twin Scholarship program for 20 years or so. Each twin (or multiple births) students receives a 50% tuition scholarship. For 2009, that amount would be $9,000 for each twin. Both twins (or multiple births) must be enrolled full time at Sterling College and must meet admissions requirements of a 2.2 GPA and a score of 18 or above on the ACT.
  • Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Wilson College is another all-female school that offers an annual scholarship for twins and triplets. It will pay 45% of each student’s annual tuition. To be eligible, all of the female siblings must enroll full-time each semester. Each recipient must submit her enrollment deposit by May 1 in order to receive this scholarship. Awards are made on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Carl Albert State College, Poteau, Oklahoma. The Paula Nieto Twin Scholarship was established by her twin, Penny Nieto Gooch, and family friends. This cash scholarship is awarded to twins. In 2006, the amount was $200 to each student.
  • Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio. This full tuition scholarship (up to 18 credit hours per semester) is awarded 50/50 if both are enrolled full-time at Lake Erie College. In essence, both twins can attend LEC for the tuition cost of only one.



  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College , Miami, Oklahoma. The Twin/Triplet Dorm Waiver covers the amount of semi-private room expenses for each twin or triplet who attend NEO together. It is available for both fall and spring semesters. Anapplication form is available online.
  • Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Layton Frazier McKinley Scholarship is given to twins with a preference given to identical twins. Twin students must have a 3.33-grade point average or higher with a first choice of accounting as their major at the school. The amount is unconfirmed.
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Furlotte Twins Endowed Scholarship is for upperclassmen enrolled in the College of Education Elementary Education Program with a minimum 3.0 GPA that exhibits promise, creativity, and academic conscientiousness. Preference is given to twins.

Multiple Sibling Discounts

Even if a college or university does not have a specific scholarship fund or award designated for twins, they may have a sibling discount program.



These programs offer a discount when siblings from the same family are enrolled simultaneously. Amounts vary and may be a set discount (ex. $500 per semester) or a percentage of tuition (such as 10-50% off the cost of tuition).


  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. Full-time, undergraduate siblings concurrently in attendance at Quinnipiac are eligible to receive an additional $2,000 award, per year, in addition to their regular financial aid award. This award is applicable toward tuition only and is renewable each year in which undergraduate eligible siblings are concurrently in attendance.
  • George Washington University, Washington D.C. Not just for twins, the family program at GWU offers a 50% discount for a second sibling. For more information about the Family Grant at GWU, contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 2121 I St., NW #310, Washington, DC 20052, (202) 994-6620 or (800) 222-6242.
  • California Baptist University, Riverside, California. The Multiple Sibling Discount is designed to assist students from families with two or more members who are simultaneously attending the traditional undergraduate program at the university on a full-time basis. Recipients must be immediate members of the same family (siblings or parents) in which two or more family members are currently enrolled at California Baptist University on a full-time basis. Recipients receive $500 per semester for the Spring and Fall semesters.

Some others from TwinStuff

  • Morris Brown College (web site) — Atlanta, GA
    • Provide some financial relief for parents with twins who are enrolled full-time at Morris Brown College by waiving full tuition for one of the twins. Each twin must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the end of each academic year. Tuition for 2002-03 was $4184 per semester.
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College (web ?site) — 200 I Street NE, Miami, OK 74354
    Twins/Triplets must attend NEO together. Provides $440 for each twin/triplet each fall and spring for room expenses.

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania  Bonnie Evans Feinberg Scholarship
    To an incoming first year student from a middle-class, multiple – sibling family who is a solid “b” or better student. Renewable with maintenance of a 3.0 gpa (awarded to one student only per year).

Straight from the horse mouth

WHo shares insights straight from their admission officers and students?

  1. MIT Admission Blog–students and faculty. One of the oldest and still one of the best. 
  2. Tuft’s Inside Admissions
  3. Olin’s Admission Blog
  4. Babson’s Admission Blog
  5. Women who will blog–Wellesly
  6. Amherst admission blog
  7. Speaking of Princeton
  8. UPENN’s admission Blog
  9. SWATSTRUCK-Swarthmore
  10. Penn State’s admission blog
  11. Cornell University Admission Blog
  12. Access Juliard Blog
  13. Life at UB–SUNY Buffalo
  14. Oberlin admission blog
  15. Admissions @ Lawrence
  16. Siena’s Admission’s Blog
  17. UVA’s Notes from Peabody–one of the original’s and still one of the best
  18. William and Mary’s Admission Blog
  19. Marymount’s admission Blog
  20. Vanderbilt’s admission blog
  21. Georgia Tech’s admission Blog
  22. University of Georgia
  23. Rice Owl’s Admission Blog
  24. Tulane’s admission Blog
  25. University of Denver promises Real People, Real Stories
  26. Stanford’s admission blog
  27. Cal Berkeley’s Golden Bear Blog
  28. University of Southern California’s admission Blog
  29. Cal Tech’s As it happens
  30. Harvey Mudd admission Blog
  31. Pitzer unpeeled –perhaps the best named blog
  32. Whitman college admission blog
  33. University of Illinois’ admission Blog
  34. NorthWestern’s Admission Blog
  35. U Chicago’s uncommon admission blog
  36. Loyola Chicago’s Admission Blog
  37. DEpauw Admission blog
  38. U Michigan’s Admission Blog
  39. Kalamazoo’s admission blog
  40. Carelton’s admission blog
  41. Experience Iowa‘s admission blog
  42. Luther College Admission blog
  43. Univeirsity of Nore Dame’s admission Blog

Not specific to a university:






Sports scholarships

Wow, this looks cool: Look up who gives scholarships for which sports.  

For example, here is golf. 

1,328 schools sponsored varsity level Golf teams during 2014:
                Athletic Scholarships Average Athletic  
  Number Number of teams Varsity Athletes (1) Average team size limit per team ** Scholarship (2)
Division  of Schools Men’s Women’s    Men       Women  Men’s Women’s    Men       Women     Men       Women 
NCAA I               319               300              263               2,988               2,242            10              9                4.5                    6  $        14,234  $        15,373
NCAA II               248               231              181               2,431               1,416            11              8                3.6                5.4  $          5,770  $          7,024
NCAA III               311               293              184               3,180               1,424            11              8                     -                     -  $                   -  $                   -
NAIA                177               170              146               1,695               1,065            10              7                    5                    5  $          6,529  $          7,084
NJCAA               193               189                54               1,423                  267              8              5                    8                    8  $          1,800  $          2,170
Other Divisions                  80                 73                40                  575                  224              8              6                     -                     -  $              332  $              446
Totals            1,328           1,256              868            12,292               6,638            10              8      $          5,675  $          6,319

Acceptance rates for this year–class of 2016

Harvard RD 1119 out of 32868 (3.4%)
Stanford RD 1318 out of 36175 (3.6%)
Yale RD 1177 out of 26793 (4.4%)
Princeton RD 1109 out of 25074 (4.4%) (1237 waitlisted=4.9%)(rej=90.6%)
Columbia ED/RD 2193 out of 36292 (6.0%)
Penn RD 2326 out of 33156 (7.0%)
MIT RD 829 out of 11253 (7.4%) (437 waitlisted)
Brown RD 2250 out of 29360 (7.7%)(~133 deferred accepted=7%)(~1000 waitlisted=3.4%)
Pomona RD ~566 out of 7190 (~7.9%)
Northwestern RD 2690 out of 32077 (8.4%)
MIT EA 656 out of 7767 (8.4%) (4776 deferred=61.5%) (2175 rejected=28%)
Duke RD 2501 out of 28600 (8.7%) (49 deferred accepted=2.9%)
Vanderbilt RD 2526 out of 28700 (8.8%)
Dartmouth RD 1682 out of 18748 (9.0%)
Stanford REA 745 out of 7822 (9.5%)
Johns Hopkins RD 2539 out of 25188 (10.1%)
Bowdoin RD 687 out of 5918 (11.6%)
Tufts RD ~2168 out of 18152 (~11.9%)
Cornell RD 4939 out of 40084 (12.3%) (4572 waitlisted=11.4%)(rej=76.3%)
Swarthmore College (ED/RD) 963 out of 7,717 (12.5%)
Georgetown EA 892 out of 7027 (12.7%) (remainder deferred=87%)
UC Berkeley (OOS) 2734 out of 21213 (12.9%)
Middlebury RD 1042 out of 7866 (14.2%)
Boston University ED2 ~245 out of 1721 (~14.2%)
Harvard SCEA 918 out of 6173 (14.9%) (4673 def=75.7%) (464 rej=7.5%)
Williams College RD 960 out of 6397 (15.0%)
Barnard College ~1131 out of 7071 (~16%)
Georgetown RD 3276 out of 20002 (16.4%)
USC 8920 out of 54100 (16.5%)
Harvey Mudd ED1/ED2 ~77 out of 464 (16.6%)
Yale SCEA 795 out of 4662 (17.1%) (53% def) (29% rej)
UC Berkeley (IS) 8363 out of 45,773 (18.3%)
Princeton SCEA 785 out of 4229 (18.6%)
Middlebury College ED2 60 out of 318 (18.9%) (40 def=12.6%) (218 rej=68.6%)
Pomona ED1/ED2 ~177 out of 914 (19.4%)
Georgia Tech RD ~3206 out of 15,659 (~20.5%)
Brown ED 669 out of 3030 (22.1%) (1905 def=62.9%) (456 rej=15.0%)
Penn ED 1335 out of 5762 (23.2%)
Duke ED 813 out of 3455 (23.5%) (1663 def=19.2%)
UVA RD (OOS) 2442 out of 10,465 (23.33%) (deferred accepted=21.4%)(wl=15%)
Vanderbilt ED1/ED2 ~800 out of ~3390 (23.6%)
UVA EA (OOS) 2955 out of 12308 (24.0%) (3005 def=24.4%) (6348 rej=51.6%)
Hamilton College ED/RD 1317 out of 5434 (24.2%)
Dartmouth ED 494 out of 1927 (25.6%)
Kenyon College ED/RD 1688 out of ~6400 (~26.4%)
Vassar College ED1/ED2/RD 1943 out of 7306 (26.6%)
Cornell ED 1338 out of 4882 (27.4%) (1153 def=23.6%) (2391 rej=49.0%)
Pitzer ED1/ED2 ~118 out of 423 (27.8%)
Georgia Tech EA 4424 out of 14861 (29.8%)
Bowdoin ED2 ~77 out of 256 (~30.1%)
Notre Dame EA 1610 out of 5321 (30.3%) (818 def=15.4%) (2893 rej=54.4%)
Johns Hopkins ED 584 out of 1929 (30.3%)
Boston University ED1/ED2 ~1050 out of 3421 (~30.7%)
Boston College EA ~2700 out of 8600 (~31.4%)
Tufts ED ~663 out of 2070 (~32%)
Bowdoin College ED1 207 out of 614 (33.7%)
UVA RD (In-State) 1782 out of 5193 (34.3%) (deferred accepted=21.4%) (wl=15%)
UNC EA 6948 out of 19842 (35.0%)
Northwestern ED 1061 out of 3022 (35.1%)
Amherst College ED 180 out of 454 (39.6%)
Middlebury College ED1/ED2 398 out of 954 (41.7%)
George Washington RD 10101 out of 24168 (41.8%)
Williams College ED 246 out of 585 (42.1%)
Davidson College ED 207 out of 458 (45.2%)
Boston University ED1 ~805 out of 1700 (~47.4%)
UVA EA (In-State) 2237 out of 4460 (50.2%) (1060 def=23.8%) (1163 rej=26.1%)
University of Georgia ED 7500+ out of 14516 (51%+)
Middlebury College ED1 338 out of 636 (53.1%) (74 def=11.6%) (224 rej=35.2%)
George Washington ED 841 out of 1373 (61.3%)
University of Maine RD (OOS) 7803 out of 10,062 (77.5%)
University of Maine RD (In-state) 3600 out of 4134 (87.1%)

GAP Year

With decisions lurking around teh corner, some students are rethinking their fall plans, perhaps to take a year off instead. But what to do during your GAP year? Phillips Andover keeps an impressive set of links

Want to go to some far flung corners? Try Thinking beyond boarders offers more than just cultural and travel immersion. Their unique TBB program “immerse you in an unparalleled learning environment to examine the roots of our world’s biggest problems. You’ll determine how your talents and passions can become valuable tools in creating meaningful change.”

Go Overseas offers student centric reviews. Other helpful websites include


  • American Gap Association – As an independent non-profit, AGA is leading the industry by offering accreditation to gap year program providers that meet rigorous safety and quality standards. You can find a list of accredited programs and various other resources on their site.
  • TeenLife – Includes brief descriptions and links to program providers, categorizes them by interest area, and offers links to gap year consultants.


Other interesting programs 

Forbes Magazine on Bridge Years

Why the collegeboard’s new test date hurts international students

For years, Internationla counselors have advocated for the collegeboard to add a test date to the testing cycle. They did, only the wrong date. They decided that the March test date does not serve international kids. But instead they added an August test date…and took away the January test date starting in August 2017. 

Katherine Levin, a spokeswoman for the College Board, claims that the summer SAT will, “provide students with earlier opportunities to take the SAT before submitting college applications, and more time to focus on coursework, school activities, and college applications in the fall of their senior year.”

The Atlantic rightly asks “Who Benefits From the New Summer SAT?” and suggests other than the Collegeboard, students who do summer prep really benefits and of course the test prep companies. “But will it provide a similar advantage to low-income students, or could the summertime SAT end up widening the gap between rich and poor?”

2017-18 International SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)
SAT Date SAT Subject Test Available?
Aug. 26, 2017 Yes
Oct. 7, 2017 Yes
Nov. 4, 2017 Yes
Dec. 2, 2017 Yes
May 5, 2018 Yes
June 2, 2018 Yes

Nancy Griesemer at the examiner weighs most of the issues out and concludes that “On balance, however, the late-August test date is a welcome move on the part of the College Board.” So far, no one has commented on how it impacts international students. Firstly, many international students take the SAT in January. Now they will have to wait until May, which often overlaps with the May Day long weekend and festivities. If a student takes the May test date they will have to register for the June Test before they have even sat the May test let alone gotten their scores. This will be compounded in the fall cycle. While certainly the summer test date allows kids coming from Prep (which they do a lot of) into the exam. But then, they will have to register for the October before they know the scores ect. Many international student actually do prep in December in anticipation of the January test date. 

 And many schools are actually not open in August overseas. While this may be true in the US, it is even more problemmatic overseas. And fo Chinese students, the August test date now adds another high price flight season as the Chinese student cannot test in China. In fairness, the January test often overlapped with Chinese New Year. 

The fact is, at least at my test center, the January test date has become a dominate one, ahead of December, November and on par of Spring test dates. Many international counselors actively supported and lobbied for adding the March test date and eliminating the January test date. Why are we not being listened to?