CONGRATULATIONS to all of our seniors who have done exceptionally well with their admissions! We are so proud that everyone was admitted to such excellent schools and we celebrate all those offers. April will be busy for most as they dig in even deeper to decide which school they will ultimately attend.
March is always a month of so many ups and downs as seniors receive the remaining admission decisions. If you can access the WSJ article on Ivy League admission this year, we recommend reading it here. Admission decisions trends continue along what we saw last year in terms of institutions having "a growingly diverse student body is an intentional shift", as demonstrated by this article from the University of Virginia. The articles states, "We've invested a lot in trying to reach as many different types of students as possible...and we will continue to do that....continuing to look to enroll more low-income students." Tufts is also sending the same message.
California sure made waves in higher education this month! An important development impacting students is California Supreme Court's order asking UC Berkeley to freeze its enrollment at 2020-21 levels. This means fewer seats are available for admissions for the upcoming academic year. Additionally, we celebrate that the Cal State Universities have permanently eliminated the SAT/ACT while the opposite message is coming from MIT as they are once again requiring the SAT score. The university admission landscape is rightfully changing albeit slowly, but clearly pressure is mounting.
Additional great reading that came out this month is this article about how the college admissions system is broken by Jeff Selingo, a reputed writer covering college admissions.
Lastly, we have been busy with building college lists for juniors, attending an update session on UC schools, planning our spring break school visits, and participating in several webinars.