College, Inc.: admissions


Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Five college admissions tips for the A-minus student

The Ivies aren’t biting, and merit dollars are scarce. But even in the affluent suburbs, there are ways to turn the admission process to your favor.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:42 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Aid, Finance, Rankings | Tags:  college admissions, college rankings

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012

A special SAT date for the wealthy and gifted?

College Board under fire for arranging special SAT sitting for students in pricey college-prep program.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  college admissions, College Board, SAT test

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Do colleges court those least in need of education?

Colleges build prestige by admitting the best-educated students. That’s like hospitals admitting the healthiest patients, our guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Admissions, Rankings | Tags:  higher education, college rankings, college admissions

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Choosing a college without knowing its cost

Many public universities don’t yet know what they’ll charge in 2012-13, and some privates haven’t posted their rates. Yet, students are urged to decide early.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  college tuition, college admissions

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Texas affirmative action case may hinge on Justice Kennedy

Affirmative action in college admissions is on the Supreme Court docket again, and swing vote Anthony Kennedy may determine the outcome.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:49 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Litigation | Tags:  affirmative action, college admissions, University of Texas, Supreme Court

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Harvard Asian-American discrimination probe ends

An Indian-American student has withdrawn his complaint alleging Harvard and Princeton rejected him over racial-ethnic bias.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:51 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Litigation | Tags:  civil rights, harvard university, college admissions

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 06/10/2011

On Common App, Georgetown now stands alone

USC’s move to the universal college application leaves Georgetown the last national university (save MIT) with a “signature” app.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:23 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Georgetown University, admissions

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Northwestern now a first choice to many, its president says

NU was never a safety school in the Midwest, but it had that reputation on the East Coast. Today, it’s competing more squarely with the Ivys.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Rankings | Tags:  Northwestern University, college admissions, Early Decision, University of Chicago

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Admission rate tightens at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton

Admission rates hit historic lows last year at top colleges. Will history repeat?

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:43 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  University of Virginia, Stanford University, college admissions

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Report: Naval Academy favors minorities, athletes

Updated at noon Tuesday with comments from Naval Academy. The Annapolis Capital newspaper on Sunday published a significant investigative piece on admissions at the U.S. Naval Academy, adding new voices and fresh statistics to the ongoing debate over whether the...

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:55 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  Annapolis Capital Naval Academy, Bruce Fleming Naval Academy, Naval Academy NAPS, Naval Academy admissions, USNA Bruce Fleming, USNA admissions

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 01/24/2011

More seats at U-Va. could ease admission woes

The University of Virginia announced Monday that it had received more applications than ever: 23,942, a 6 percent increase. But the university is adding freshman seats in the fall, and that means a slightly more favorable admission rate. The university...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:32 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Access, Access | Tags:  UVA accepting more students, UVA admissions, UVA applications record, University Virginia admissions

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Harvard nets 35,000 applications

Several top universities are reporting another year of record applications, perpetuating the industry trend of application inflation and striking fear in the hearts of worthy high school seniors everywhere. Harvard received nearly 35,000 applications, a 15 percent increase over last...

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions, Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  Harvard admissions, Stanford admissions, application inflation, college applications

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Early admission here to stay at local universities

When surveying the landscape of early college admissions this fall, the terms "comeback" and "rebound" invariably come to mind.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:05 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  Early admission, GMU early action, JMU early action, college admissions, early action, early decision

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 11/25/2010

Five Thanksgiving thoughts for the college-bound

Today's guest blogger is Craig Powell, a Brown graduate and CEO of ConnectEDU, a Boston firm chiefly known for helping high schools send application materials to colleges electronically. As we reflect on the Thanksgiving holiday, those of us in the...

By Craig Powell  |  09:59 AM ET, 11/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions, Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  ConnectEDU, college admissions, college aid, college finance

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 10/06/2010

10 colleges where you'd best apply early

U.S. News & World Report has released a list of the 10 universities where early application yields the greatest advantage. Early decision -- and its kinder, gentler counterpart, early action -- is one of the most controversial pieces of an...

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:00 PM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions, Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  Early Action, Early Admission, Early Decision, U.S. News, college admissions, college rankings

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/04/2010

Will USC be next to join the Common Application?

One by one, the nation's elite independent universities have joined the Common Application. A student now can apply to the top 20 national universities on the U.S. News rankings with a single application -- well, two, if you count MIT....

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  Common App, Common Application, Common Application Georgetown, Common Application USC, college admissions

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 09/27/2010

Survey: Helicopter parents hover over campus

A new survey of admission officers at 387 386 colleges finds that helicopter parenting is on the rise. Of the colleges surveyed by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (which is part of The Washington Post Co.), 77 percent reported that...

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:33 PM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  Kaplan admissions survey, college parents, helicopter parents, overinvolved parents

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/22/2010

Why are college applications up?

The economy is sagging; the college-age population is flattening. And yet, word is trickling in that several selective colleges around Washington have reaped record numbers of applications for the Class of 2014-- including the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University...

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Admissions, Admissions | Tags:  College admissions, applications, financial aid