Interesting Reading
 

The readings on this page will hopefully provide you, a future applicant, parent, or an education professional, with insight into the undergraduate admissions process as well as highlight some of the current trends and opportunities in higher education. If you have any readings you would like to suggest for this page email readings@ascenteducationadvisors.com.

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PENN: Early decision applications rise 17 percent
05-11-2010
Penn Early Decision Applications for 2011 up 17%. Estimated acceptance rate at 26.6%
 
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Accommodations Angst
04-11-2010
Great NY Times article on SAT / ACT accomodations for learning differences and disabilities.
 
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DUKE: Admissions yield shows little change
09-06-2010
Duke yield up .5%. 100 offered spaces off waitinglist. Note, due to time mgmt and staff shortages Duke gave 3382 waitlist offers. Pleadges to reduce by next year. Thank you! This is unacceptable for students needing to make decisions.
 
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MIT announces yield %
04-06-2010
Yield at MIT, Stanford, Yale, Harvard for Class of 2010 remains steady, changes only a percentage point or two. Few offered spaces off waitlists.
 
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Out-of-State Admissions Spike at UC Berkeley
14-04-2010
We knew this was coming at Berkeley. They had announced a shift to increase revenue. Am unsure what the absolute number is though. And they have a very small waitlist for in-state only.
 
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For Students, a Waiting List Is Scant Hope
13-04-2010
Discusses the waitlist at several universities with a deeper look at Duke. A loooong waitlist there.
 
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Penn waitlists over 3,000
07-04-2010
Penn is another university with a long waitlist. Note that only about half of those placed on the waitlist accepts to remain on it.
 
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DARTMOUTH: Admissions rate hits record low
02-04-2010
Class of 2014 at Dartmouth most selective ever... Average SAT score top 730 in each section.
 
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PRINCETON: U. admits record-low 8.18 percent of applicants to Class of 2014
02-04-2010
Of course covers admit rates and waitlist for Class of 2014 at Princeton. Also, good example of students who are admitted/rejected at schools across rankings. Selective admissions is always subjective.
 
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Penn: Admit rate falls to 14.2 percent
31-03-2010
With the largest applicant pool ever the admit rate drops to record low at Penn for Class of 2014.
 
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Tufts: Class of 2014 by the numbers
31-03-2010
24.5% percent of applicants offered admissions to Tufts for Class of 2014. Lots of good other statistics as well.
 
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Duke invites 3,372 to join Class of 2014
30-03-2010
Many students admitted early results in 150 fewer students admitted in regular decision. Larger applicant pool contributes to low admit rate of 14.8%. Waitlist huge!
 
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MIT: Admit rate drops below 10%
19-03-2010
Even harder for international students with a 3% admit rate this year. With that kind of numbers admissions becomes unpredictable- almost lottery like.
 
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PENN: Total apps break U. record
22-01-2010
17% increase of applications to Penn for Class of 2014.
 
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Yale: Fall in applications defies trend
21-01-2010
Yale only ivy where applications drops for Class of 2014. Admit rate expected to remain the same.
 
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Penn sees rise in ED applications
03-12-2009
6% rise in ED applications from previous year. Massachusetts, Florida and an "increased international diversity" is part of the increase.
 
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DARTMOUTH: Early apps. increase by 3 percent
04-11-2009
They're implying that international students are behind the increase but clearly stated...
 
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UC Berkeley to Admit Additional Non-Residents
23-10-2009
UC Berkeley are admitting more out-of-state students and international students in a move to raise. Could mean an increase of 25% per year in the number of non-residents.
 
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Guidance Office: Answers From Harvardís Dean
16-09-2009
Q&A from Harvard's Admissions Deam William Fitzsimmons. He reinforces some good point, especially in part 3 when he discusses extra curricular activities.
 
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The Other Side of ĎTest Optionalí
20-07-2009
Great article on optional scores and possible impact on Merit aid. Also how does "optional scores" impact published average scores...
 
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World's Best Colleges: Top 400
18-06-2009
Interesting ranking made by US World & News Report. This is comparing apples with oranges...but Imperial, UCL, Penn is ahead of Princeton... Note that the methodology is different from the US rankings out later this summer.
 
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DUKE: Admissions strength unyielding
18-06-2009
Duke University's yield for Class of 2013 rose by about 1%. Still way behind schools like Penn (66%), Harvard, Yale and Princeton (70%+). But not bad for a year where tuition cost played a large role in the decision of where to attend.
 
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DUKE: ADMISSION YIELD STEADY IN RECESSION
11-06-2009
Duke Class of 2013 yield holds steady. Waitlist is still in use.
 
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STANFORD: 85 admitted off waitlist
19-05-2009
For the first time in years Stanford admits student off its waitlist for the freshman Class of 2013. This was supposedly a planned move to prevent over-enrollment, a problem at Stanford the past two years. They are "like to admit a few more" off the waitlist.
 
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PENN: Class of 2013 yield steady at 63 percent | Interactive graph
15-05-2009
Yield graph of the Ivies for the past few years...Interesting...
 
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DARTMOUTH: College sees a decrease in its admissions yield
11-05-2009
Dartmouth Class of 2013 yield down. Students have been admitted off the waitlist...
 
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PRINCETON: U. sees increase in yield over last year
11-05-2009
Class of 2013 yield is up...still admits 31 students off waitlist!
 
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Top Colleges See Little Fall in Commitments
10-05-2009
Good article from New York Times. Gives good overview of class of 2013 yield at Harvard, Wesleyan, UVA, Pomona, Wisconsin, Yale and others...
 
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HARVARD: Yield Holds Steady For 2013
08-05-2009
Harvard also have a record number of students receiving financial aid and unprecedented racial diversity.
 
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YALE: Yield rate beats expectations
08-05-2009
Yale class of 2013 over-subscribed. No real waitlist activity should be expected.
 
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Universities Increase Financial Aid Levels
23-04-2009
Harvard and its peer institutions reaffirm commitment to need-blind admissions. Next year's budget increased above expectation.
 
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GYLC / NYLC: Congratulations! You Are Nominated. Itís an Honor. (Itís a Sales Pitch.)
19-04-2009
NYLC, National Young Leaders Conference and GYLC, Global Young Leaders Conference are both money-making schemes. That said, students who attend will still probably learn something and will hopefully enjoy it. But can the fees be used for something better? Well, that is up to you...
 
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PENN: Fewer waitlist acceptances expected this year
14-04-2009
Yield higher than expected at Penn so they will not be using the wait list as much as expected. Wonder if Penn just have done well or if this will prove true for all the Ivies...
 
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RISD admits larger frosh class due to bad economy
10-04-2009
Some private schools anticipate lower yield due to financial crisis and admit more students.
 
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UC Admissions Data Released
07-04-2009
Acceptance rates down at all UC:s except for UC Berkeley which is almost constant. Attributed to increase in applications because of financial crisis and decrease in number spaces available.
 
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Tufts accepts 26 percent of pool, suspends need-blind admissions
02-04-2009
Need-blind admissions gets too expensive for Tufts...
 
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PENN: Admit rate rises to 17.1 percent | Interactive graph
31-03-2009
Penn admits high number of international students and minorities (esp. of Asian origin). Also low-income students.
 
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Columbia admits most selective class with overall rate of 9.82 percent
31-03-2009
Columbia has the most selective year ever despite an increase in the freshman class size with 50.
 
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Harvard: College Admits Record-Low 7 Percent
31-03-2009
Record number of applicants leads to record year in terms of selectivity. Still more students accepted than last year.
 
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Paying in Full as the Ticket Into Colleges
30-03-2009
Yes, it may be "easier" for full paying to students to gain admission these days. However, there are many, many applicants and institutions may not need to "dip" that low.
 
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DUKE ADMITS 3,517 INTO THE CLASS OF 2013: 17 percent acceptance rate Duke's lowest ever
27-03-2009
"We'll be denying and waitlisting people that we may have easily admitted a year or two ago," Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said Thursday morning. "In terms of talent broadly defined, this is the best class we've ever seen. And that's made possible by a larger applicant pool."
 
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Commitment: The New Factor At Play in College Admissions
17-03-2009
Some universities track student contacts and use it in the admissions process...but be careful, others, including most of the Ivies, don't, and unnecessary contact could be seen as an annoyance.
 
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MIT: Ten Percent Admitted to Class of 2013
14-03-2009
Record year in terms of selectivity. Also, rejection letter will no longer be mailed out- available online instead.
 
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Applications to tuition-free schools up amid recession
13-03-2009
Yes, there are schools- really good ones- that do not charge a tuition fee.
 
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Williams Collegeís Applications Drop 20% as Economy Takes Toll
10-03-2009
Students are shying away from expensive private schools during this bad economic time. Applications drop and acceptance rates should therefor rise.
 
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Math Suggests College Frenzy Will Soon Ease
09-03-2009
Selectivity could decrease: Positive news for future applicants.
 
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In Shifting Era of Admissions, Colleges Sweat
07-03-2009
As yield (the number of students who accept their offers of admission) becomes unpredictable colleges might be using their wait lists more.
 
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MIT: Admissions Reduces Staff, Travel, Will Use The Web for Recruiting
06-03-2009
MIT reaching out to students through the web and personal phone calls, cuts travel.
 
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Harvard: Admit Office Slashes Travel Budget
03-03-2009
Schools are cutting down on marketing efforts.
 
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For college admissions, it pays to have money
24-02-2009
Full paying students may have advantage in the admissions process as some private institutions' endowments are hit by the recession.
 
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Yale: Record number of application's for class of 2013
28-01-2009
Yale application's up over 13% this year and up over 16% last year. Reason? Maybe changes in financial aid policies, recruitment strategies, or other school's decisions to terminate the early decision program, or just demographics- the graduating US high school class of 2009 is the largest in US History...
 
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Most Popular Colleges: National Universities
26-01-2009
A list of the yield rates for Class of 2012...Interesting...but it is comparing apples and oranges.
 
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Chinese aim for the Ivy League
05-01-2009
The Ivy League is a dream for many Chinese students.
 
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Stanford accepts record low from early pool
30-12-2008
Stanford cuts back on offers of admission. 100 fewer students are admitted early due to previous years over admittance.
 
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Going Off to College for Less (Passport Required)
30-11-2008
Americans choose to attend college in the UK. As full fee paying students they find it "easier" to gain admission.
 
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Private school pupils dominate UK admissions to leading US colleges
22-11-2008
Yes, most students admitted to elite US universities come from UK private schools...but they are very few state schools students who even try...
 
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Wesleyan's Entertaining Class
01-10-2008
If you are looking at a future career in Hollywood and/or the entertainment industry, Wesleyan is a great place to start....
 
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Stanford: Admission office will try alumni interviews
16-09-2008
Stanford is testing out a new initiative to offer interviews in a few selected cities. Applicants had previously lamented lack of personal touch during the admissions process.
 
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US World and News Report College Rankings
15-08-2008
"America's Best Colleges 2009" Keep in mind this is a subjective ranking and some very good schools choose not to participate in this ranking...
 
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Yale to raise undergraduate enrollment 15 percent
08-06-2008
Yale will increase their undergraduate population by 15% around 2013 to 6,000.
 
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International students turn to recruiters
11-05-2008
Brings up the concept on "agents": admissions counselors who get paid by a university to find students for them. Note that Ascent Education Advisors does not work for any university ONLY for students and families. We do not get paid to "place" students anywhere.
 
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Prep schools consume Korean students' lives in Ivy League quest
27-04-2008
A perfect score and superior academic record is not all that matters in gaining admission to an Ivy League university.
 
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HARVARD: As Freshmen Move In, Transfers Crowded Out
28-03-2008
Harvard is has not accepted transfer students for the past two years. We'll see if their position changes this coming year.
 
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Students abroad work hard to get into old boarding schools
17-03-2008
American boarding schools becoming more popular with international students...
 
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College Admissions: How Involved Should Parents Get?
13-02-2008
Interesting discussion about parental involvement in the admissions process...some students love it, others hate it.
 
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Recruiters for top women's colleges in U.S. see a bounty in the Middle East
01-01-2008
American all-women's colleges are reaching out to new markets.
 
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Colleges to shun magazine's annual survey
20-06-2007
Some institutions are choosing not to participate in the Rankings of US World and News ReportÖ
 
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Harvard loosens its recruiting standards
01-03-2002
At all schools athletics can be a great advantage in the admissions process. The key is to start early! Coaches often know over a year in advance who they want on their teams.
 
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Did They Admit Me?
06-04-1997
Great article that provides a good introduction to how the selective admissions process works. Keep in mind that this article is quite old and so while it is informative numbers will have changed considerably.
 
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