Melanie Laughman Cincinnati Enquirer Published 10:12 PM EDT Oct 30, 2018 After our experience over the past year, I'm convinced the biggest indicator of how well a student will do in college has to do with how well they navigate the college application and selection process. Not ACT testing. Not straight A's in high school. Not overloading their schedules with activities that boost their resume. Don't get me wrong; those things are terribly important to actually getting into college. But, a year after going through the college two-step with my youngest, I can now see what ultimately served her now she's there. Keep in mind, I applied to college 30 years ago so learning there was such a thing as the Common App in 2017-2018 fascinated me. I put a four-page paper application and typewritten essay (yes, on a typewriter) in the mail to the one school that had the best journalism program in the region. My ACT score wasn't exceptional, but I got in. My room/board and … [Read more...] about Take 5: Going through college admission process? A parent’s thoughts
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HOLISTIC REVIEW: While academic standards remain, LSU is putting increased emphasis on letters of recommendation when making student admission decisions. (Photo by Don Kadair) If your high schooljunior or senior wants to attend LSU but got a 21 on the ACT or has a grade-point average a tad below 3.0, then you might be able to save the money you were thinking about spending on hiring a tutor. Your child still has a shot at getting admitted to the state’s flagship university, thanks to LSU’s transition to a fully holistic evaluation process—a move hinging on the university’s adoption of the Common Application, set to take effect next fall. Dana Schlotterer, the junior and senior high assistant principal for student services at Runnels Independent School, was surprised to come across a June 22 email from Daniel Barrow, LSU’s director of admissions, in which the university outlines “needed changes to the upcoming admissions cycle.” Among the … [Read more...] about LSU going holistic in its admissions process
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is planning to make "needed changes" in its admissions process as the university continues to evaluate prospective students from this past year's historic application turnout, according to school officials. LSU will require applicants to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, advisor, or administrator starting in the summer of 2019. College admissions counselors at high schools statewide received a June 22 email from LSU admissions director Daniel Barrow, who stated LSU is enacting the letter policy as LSU transitions to a "fully holistic evaluation process." The university is also adjusting its freshman application deadlines for the 2019 summer and fall semesters. The priority application date, which is the date universities set for students in an effort to give them a better change of getting in, will be December 15. The regular deadline will now be February 1. Applications for those semesters will begin … [Read more...] about LSU is planning changes to its admissions process for fall 2019
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAmy Harmon June 15, 2018 Documents showing that Harvard rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality traits than applicants of other races raise questions about how college admissions officers evaluate intangible criteria. What constitutes “likability” or “courage?” How do they know someone is “widely respected?” Here’s what some education scholars and former admissions officers say about the use of personality traits in the admission process. Spoiler alert: It’s not a science. What criteria are used to evaluate “soft” traits in college applicants? The first thing to know is that only the most select colleges in the country perform what education experts call a “holistic admissions process” that tries to take personality traits into … [Read more...] about College Admission Is Not a Personality Contest. Or Is It?
Universities and colleges suspected of exchanging information about applicants, a practice that violates antitrust laws, received letters earlier this month as part of the United States Department of Justice investigation into early admissions policies of several higher education institutions. NYU was not included in this investigation. The letter asked its recipients to preserve communications with other schools regarding the exchange of accepted students’ personal information as well as subsequent decisions made in response to such received information. Students can apply to multiple schools through regular decision and even early action, which is non-binding, but the Common App does not allow them to apply early decision to more than one school. Those who are accepted through early decision are expected to withdraw their applications to other educational institutions. For NYU in particular, these students must do so within 25 days of receiving their offer of admission. The … [Read more...] about College Early Admissions Practices Under Investigation