Category Archives: Admissions

Who gets in, who doesn’t, and why.


Harvard Reportedly Rescinds Admissions Offers to 10 Over Facebook Posts

Harvard University has rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 prospective members of this fall’s entering freshman class after the students traded sexually explicit and other offensive graphics and messages in a private Facebook group chat, The Harvard Crimson reported.

University officials declined to comment to the newspaper about the status of the admissions offers. The Crimson based its report on interviews with students who were members of a messaging group that members of the Class of…


Cornell U. Faculty Members Criticize Prosecution of Student Whistle-Blower

Updated (4/17/2017, 6:56 p.m.) with comment from the university.

Faculty members at Cornell University are speaking out against its decision to hold a hearing to determine whether a student who shared an internal working document with the campus newspaper should be punished, The Cornell Daily Sun reports.

The University Hearing and Review Board, a pool of people on the New York campus who review cases brought by the university’s Office of the Judicial Administrator, will hear the case of Mitch M…


Citing Security Fears, IRS Suspends Key Tool in Financial-Aid Process

The U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced that the IRS had suspended the agency’s data-retrieval tool, a key online resource that, among other things, makes it easier for students and families to fill out the financial-aid form known as the Fafsa.

This week, reports circulated online that the data-retrieval tool had suddenly become unavailable, without a public explanation from the Education Department or the IRS. After questions swirled about the to…


College Board Seeks to Tighten SAT Security Worldwide

The College Board, which owns the SAT, is taking steps to strengthen security following a wave of cheating and test stealing, the Associated Press reports.

In moves that will be formally announced on Wednesday, the New York-based company hopes to prevent leaks and dissuade potential cheaters. Planned reforms include cutting back on the number of international testing dates from six to four, communicating with law-enforcement agencies about people suspected of stealing test materials, and increas…


Court Denies Regent of U. of Texas Full Access to Admissions Records

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Wallace L. Hall Jr., a University of Texas regent, in his attempt to force the system’s chancellor to turn over records containing admissions information.

Because the university system’s governance structure gives the chancellor, William H. McRaven, ultimate “discretionary legal determination,” he did not exceed his authority in denying Mr. Hall complete access to records, the court ruled in Mr. Hall’s lawsuit.

“In this suit we are simply tasked wi…


‘Coalition’ Expands Eligibility Criteria for Shared Admissions Application

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success has expanded its membership criteria, the group announced in an email to college counselors on Monday. The new standards could allow a more-diverse array of colleges to start using the new shared admission application as early as next year.

In an interview with The Chronicle, Annie Reznik, the organization’s executive director, said representatives from several member institutions had expressed concerns about “gaps” in the group’s requiremen…


Chicago State U. Enrolls Just 86 Freshmen This Fall

Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall semester, and its undergraduate enrollment has dropped by 32 percent over the past year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university now has 3,578 students, and total enrollment is down by a quarter. This is just one of the many concerns for the struggling public university.

Just this month its president, Thomas J. Calhoun Jr., was let go after only nine months at the helm.

Chicago State has struggled to make it through the Illinois bu…


High-School Grades Still Count Most in College Admissions

Academic performance in high school remains the top-ranked factor in college-admissions decisions on prospective first-time freshmen, according to a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

In its latest State of College Admission report, the association says that grades in college-preparatory courses were rated as “considerably important” by about 80 percent of institutions it surveyed. Grades in all courses, the strength of the curriculum, and admissions-test …


NYU Begins Ignoring Common App’s Questions on Criminal Records

New York University has begun ignoring the checkbox questions about criminal and disciplinary history on the Common Application, the institution announced on Monday.

The university has added narrower questions to its own section of the application that ask applicants if they have been convicted of or disciplined for violent offenses, but answering “yes” to the new questions will not mean an automatic rejection of an application for admission, according to a news release.

The university announced


Fafsa Changes May Prompt Colleges to Shift Admissions Cycles Earlier

A new study has found that more than two-thirds of colleges plan to make significant changes in the enrollment process because of new rules taking effect this fall for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. The new policies, championed by President Obama, will allow applicants to submit the Fafsa as early as October and use tax data from two years prior, known as “prior-prior year” data. (Until now, students could use tax data only from the previous year.)

Those altera…