The Common Application, also known as the Common App, is going to be your best friend during the college application process. This online tool offers a standardized application, including one set of essay questions, accepted by more than 700 colleges and universities. If you are applying to more than one college, the Common App will save you time and effort, and what busy high school student doesn’t appreciate that?
When it comes time to apply to your dream college, there’s a lot to prepare. But you’re on top of it. You’ve ordered your transcript to showcase your academic prowess, you’ve collected raving letters of references from prominent figures in your academic and professional life, and you’ve penned a brilliantly convincing personal statement. If you’re an international student, you may have even painstakingly studied to pass the TOEFL and fulfilled other country-specific requirements. Okay, so you’re basically done now, right?
Getting accepted to an elite college has never been more difficult, especially for women.
To all the young women who got admitted last year, Great job! You really earned it.
Why? Because one of academia’s little-known secrets is that private college admissions are exempt from Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination—a shameful loophole that allows some of the most supposedly progressive campuses in the nation to discriminate against female applicants.
The new SAT to be administered in March for the first time won’t penalize students for wrong answers, will offer them the option of writing an essay and will no longer test for vocabulary words they likely haven’t heard, according to the College Board and a local education official.
The College Board presented changes to the SAT in March 2014, when President David Coleman said the new exam would be “more focused and useful, more clear and open than ever before,” according to a news release.
Stanford University is letting in a record low 5 percent of freshman applicants as it vies to be named the most-selective U.S. school for the second year in a row.
Stanford’s admit rate is slightly below last year’s 5.1 percent. The school, near Palo Alto, California, received 42,487 applications, up from more than 42,000 last year. Stanford beat Harvard by more than 8,000 aspirants last year, when Harvard’s admit rate was 5.9 percent.