Category Archives: USA

New approaches to reviewing applications

UPENN has been pioneering a different approach to file review:

In the traditional system, the first review was done solo by an admissions officer, typically taking 25-30 minutes, followed by another five minutes writing a brief report for colleagues to review the recommendation.

In committee-based admissions, the first review is done in teams of two, DaSilva explained. In a private room with computer screens, all of the materials are displayed. One admissions officer focuses on academic materials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) while the other focuses on non-academic factors. The two discuss the candidate as they do their reviews and are able to make a recommendation typically within 4-10 minutes. You could have two people reviewing five applications or more in committee-based admissions in the time it would take two people to review two applications if working solo.

It has garnered a fair bit of attention with Swarthmore, Bucknell, Emory and Case Western Reserve utalizing it. NYU used it for early. This is another aspect to go with our understanding the admission process. 

Common App Essay prompts for 2017-18

The essay of your choice returns for the 2017/18 school year as the common app unveils the pompts–now 7 choices. Does this make it luckier? (University of California has 8, making them auspicious in China. 

 

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

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

Source

Babson College

38%

-4%

18%*

Barnard College

Historically: 42%

19%

45%

http://columbiaspectator.com/news/2016/12/13/number-early-applications-barnard-increases-19-percent#.WFQZ_ADdr9U.mailto

Bentley University

Historically:

66%

24%

15%*

Brandeis University

Historically:

35%

6%

30.80%

Brown

21.90%

38.2%

http://www.browndailyherald.com/2016/12/14/u-accepts-22-percent-early-decision-applicants/

Columbia

Historically:

18%

45%

https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/content/early-decision-release-information-0

Cornell

25.60%

10.30%

37.7%

http://cornellsun.com/2016/12/13/cornell-sees-10-percent-boom-in-early-decision-applications/

Dartmouth

27.80%

3.70%

43.2%

https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2016/12/dartmouths-early-admissions-are-record-pool-talent

Duke

24%

1.80%

50%

http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2016/12/duke-accepts-861-students-early-decision-out-of-record-number-of-applications

Emory (oxford)

27%

53.00%

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/er_early_decision_class_2021/campus.html

Emory

32%

9.00%

51%*

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/er_early_decision_class_2021/campus.html

Fordham University

38%

13%

Harvey Mudd College

21%

6%

36%

https://www.hmc.edu/admission/2016/12/15/to-our-early-decision-applicants/

Johns Hopkins

31%

0%

41.6%

http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/12/16/hopkins-early-decision-class-of-2021/

Loyola Marymount University

65%

first year with ED

Middlebury

51%

6.5%

53.1%

http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2016-news/node/543805

Northeastern

37%

12%

8.55%

Northwestern

Historically:

35%

20%

50%

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2016/11/15/campus/early-decision-applications-increase-by-more-than-20-percent-this-year/

Tulane

29.00%

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/tulane-college-applicants-acceptance-emails-wrong.html?_r=1

University of Rochester

Historically:

41%

Up 20%

23%*

UPENN

22%

7%

54%

http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/11/early-decision-numbers

Does not have questbridge. Will go up.

Wesleyan

Historically:

39%

16%

49.9%

http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2016/12/12/early-decision-applications-up-more-than-16/

Williams

35.30%

25%

44.3%

http://communications.williams.edu/news-releases/12_12_2016_earlydecision/

* approximation based on information provided in common data set.

 

Early Action

College/University Name 

EA Acceptance Percentage 

Percentage Increase in EA 

Source

 

Babson College

24%

3%

   

Chapman University

50.90%

5.82%

   

Fordham University

50%

2%

   

Georgetown Univerrsity

11.90%

10%+

http://www.thehoya.com/georgetown-early-action-admissions-rate-reaches-record-low/

Harvard

14.5

5%

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/12/938-admitted-early-to-harvard-college-class-of-2021/

Loyola Marymount University

60%

25%

   

MIT

8%

8%

http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mit-early-action-decisions-now-available-online4

 

Northeastern

28%

7%

Trevor

 

Notre Dame

24.4

10%

http://admissions.nd.edu/connect/news/notre-dame-admits-1470-early-action-applicants-to-the-class-of-2021/

Princeton

15.4

18%

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2016/12/u-offers-admission-to-15-4-percent

U Georgia

51.6

7%

http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/early-applications-2021/

 

Yale

17%

9%

http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/12/16/yale-admits-17-percent-of-early-applicants/

 
         

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:

COLOR CODING KEY
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:

Hand tool

Often a lot of insight can be garned from documents like the common data set or a university’s strategic plan. Certainly you can google it, but some universities bury it it. I stumbled on this tool today from the Association of American University Date Exchange. “These are links to various resources at member institutions including the websites for the institution and IR office, course catalogs, factbooks, Common Data Set, organizational charts, and financial reports.”

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).

Stats, lies and distortions

Inc. in declared: “LinkedIn Reveals the Schools Desired by Top Companies” which led me to the original study by Withmydegree who stated they “Using LinkedIn, we took a look at the hiring trends for alumni from top colleges to learn more. ” Only their results reveal something entirely else. Yes many significant companies hire from top schools. In this graphic, the vast majority companies hire more than 50% of their workforce from not the top 100:

Facebook is an exception, hiring 50% from the top 10 colleges. Facebook has 13,598 employees as of March 31, 2016. USing linked in myself I determined that 1300 current employees came from the US News top 10. This works bout to about 10%. Hardly the 55% the chart shows. In fairness, the article does state new grads. My basic linked in account does not allow for that differentiation. Facebook had almost 12,000 employees as of 9/15/15. This suggest they hired about 1600 people this past year. The chart suggests 900 came from the top 11 schools (we have a tie in number 10). Zuck’s own “strategy” on hiring gives little insight: “So the Facebook CEO said that his team looks for people whose values align with the company’s. ”Facebook is not a company for everyone in the world,” he said.” Director of Product Design, Julia Zhou says:

Sometimes, designers without traditional training possess an ingenuity that you don’t usually see. We’re really just looking for people who have that element of extreme pro-activity. Even if they did go to a great school, they should have experience stretching themselves on projects both inside and outside of the classroom. Great candidates take the initiative to experiment, design and build on their own.

 

While the liberal arts rock, if you gain these skills, you will roll into the job market

While politicians decry the neccesity of the liberal arts, many business leaders see the inherint value in the soft skill development embedded within their approach. 
But developing those skills only gets you so far. Want to be more competitive for the job market and be rewarded for it? Add at least one of the skills sets from below: