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Virginia's top colleges are wait-listing more applicants, raising expectations 05/03/2021

Virginia's top colleges are wait-listing more applicants, raising expectations

"UVA admitted 21% and selected another 10% from its waitlist this year, about 5,000 applicants. Last year, UVA wait-listed about 4,500 applicants, and 550 of them ultimately enrolled, a school spokesman said.

William & Mary wait-listed 28% of its applicants, which is about 1,000 more students than in previous years, a school spokeswoman said. Virginia Tech wait-listed 15,000 applicants, 35% more than last year."
A waitlist of 15,000. Wow.

Virginia's top colleges are wait-listing more applicants, raising expectations UVA, Virginia Tech and William & Mary received a record number of applications, which has caused them to wait-list more high school students.

College Board is scrapping SAT’s optional essay and subject tests 01/19/2021

College Board is scrapping SAT’s optional essay and subject tests

Big news out of College Board today regarding SAT Subject tests and the essay component of the SAT

College Board is scrapping SAT’s optional essay and subject tests Officials say they want to ease demands on students. A revision of the SAT is also planned. 08/14/2020

How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions
A challenging application season ahead, on all sides. Because of the pandemic, many students will be applying without standardized test scores and several other metrics selective schools have long relied on to make admissions decisions.


This is the cover page of my son's alumni magazine that arrived in the mail today. I think it is a good message to remember in these trying times. I honestly believe that when they come out on the other side, this generation will be stronger and more resilient than many previous ones. Hang in there. 06/23/2020

Virginia Tech adopts Common App for fall 2020 admissions

Good news!!! With the addition of the Common App, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions continues its momentum in evolving an application process that eliminates barriers and makes a college education more attainable for more students. 06/15/2020

More Than Half of All U.S. Four-Years Colleges and Universities Will Be Test-Optional for Fall 2021 Admission | FairTest

Just keep in mind though - test optional doesn't necessarily mean "test blind". While not submitting scores will not hurt the applicant, submitting good scores can be a plus. For those not submitting scores, admission committees will be looking more closely at other credentials such as rigor of curriculum, extracurricular activities, essays, and recommendation letters.
And some colleges will still require test scores for merit scholarships. A new tally of higher education testing policies shows that more than half of all 4-year colleges and universities will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores for fall 2021 admission. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), which maintains a master list, reports that 1,24... 06/06/2020

Opinion | The End of College as We Knew It?

"Current events show that when it comes to treating one another like fuller human beings, we need all the help we can get." Restaurants get eulogies. Airlines get bailouts. Shakespeare gets kicked when he’s down. 05/29/2020

SAT registration is open for summer and fall 2020

Information about registering for upcoming SAT tests: Registration for the SAT's 2020 summer/fall testing dates is open. Here's what you need to know, including tech tips for priority registration.


IECA--Independent Educational Consultants Association

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2020—wherever they may be heading! Feel free to share this video congratulations from all of us at IECA! 04/14/2020

Admissions process to lift testing requirement for 2020-21 cycle

Virginia Tech will be test-optional for applicants applying in the 2020-21 cycle. Several other colleges have done the same, with more to follow I would assume. There will be no advantage or special consideration for students who choose to take the tests, and no penalty for those who choose to not take the tests. 03/16/2020

April 2020 National Exam COVID-19 - The ACT Test

April ACT canceled (postponed to June 13 test date) The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from AC...


Coronavirus Impact Updates

May SAT is canceled. College Board is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as the situation continues to rapidly evolve, we are focused on the health and safety of students, educators, and their communities. 03/16/2020

College in the Coronavirus Era: Wistful Goodbyes and a Sense of Loss

While I know it is probably the right thing to do, I'm sad for the seniors who don't get a proper good-bye. I'm hopeful that at least, if graduations are canceled, that they find a way to do a make-up ceremony for them. “I feel like a lot of experiences have been stolen from me,” said one Cornell University senior, as students left campus. 02/23/2020

So You Got Financial Aid for College. But How Do You Pay for the Rest of It?

Each year, as college costs rise, it becomes more and more difficult for families to keep pace with the costs. There is definitely a middle to upper middle class squeeze: those who qualify for little to no need based aid yet can’t reasonably pay the cost of attendance.
I do appreciate U Dayton communicating upfront about the cost over all four years instead of one year at a time; a step in the right direction when planning costs. More families are now struggling to fill the tuition gap after their financial aid falls short, forcing them to make some difficult decisions. 02/17/2020

Bowie State University opens food pantry that feeds students for free

Kudos to Bowie State! Food insecurity is a growing problem on college campuses. Monday is the grand opening of a new food pantry and nutrition lounge at Bowie State University. It is located in the basement of the library and is free to all students. Food Lion Feeds donated $10,000 to the university to help open the food pantry and nutrition lounge. The university said many of....


In this age of online decision notifications, Clemson still does it old school and mails the "big envelope". My student LOVED everything about Clemson and was beyond thrilled to get her mail yesterday! (For privacy reasons, I added the smiley emoji - but honestly, I think her smile was even bigger!)


Kelly Corrigan

This is so true. While many students are celebrating their early decisions this week, some are feeling great disappointment. My own kids roll their eyes when I tell them my philosophy of "everything happens for a reason", but I really do believe it.

Food for thought for all the high school seniors:

There's a story that's been circulating for thousands of years that's worth considering as you react to whatever news you get from whatever colleges this week.

So there's a farmer, let's call him Joe. Joe had a horse, let's call the horse Big Red. One morning, Big Red ran away. Word spread and all his neighbors said something like: OMG that sux! to which Joe said: We'll see, and went back to tending his crops, best he could.

The next day, who turns up in the farmer's field but Big Red, and he's brought with him with two more horses and all his neighbors said: Dude you're so lucky! And Joe said: We'll see, and went back to tending his crops, best he could.

The next day, Joe's son, Joey, tried to ride one of the new horses and was thrown. He broke his leg and the neighbors said: Totally brutal, so sorry! And Joe said: We'll see, and went back to tending his crops, best he could.

The next day, the army came through village, drafting young men for war. Joey was disqualified from serving--thanks to that brutal broken leg--and all the neighbors said: that's amazing! And Farmer Joe said: We'll see, and went back to tending his crops, best he could.

Point is, it is impossible to predict whether getting exactly what we want at any given moment will end up being a good thing, a bad thing or a sometimes good/sometimes bad thing, and the single biggest determinant is you.

Personally, I got 1090 on my SATs and was accepted to one college. I cried for days after I was shot down by my first choice. I let it change the way I thought of myself. I acted like the guy who signed the rejection letter knew me, like the whole grim process has spit out a fair judgment of me and my value and it wasn't pretty.

Many months later, I settled in at the only school that would take me, jumped into every club, project and class, and became more me than I had ever been. In other words, what began as "brutal" became "amazing."

There are so many kids I love in the class of 2019, my oldest daughter chief among them. I have been rooting for you all for so long. What I'm rooting for is your daily well being, grounded in a sense of your goodness and capacity that is impervious to both recognition or rejection.

So whatever happens, remember this: You are your own good news. You can create a future for yourself, full of connection and purpose. Beneath the fear of inadequacy and the self-consciousness that suffuses public evaluation, you're in there. You have gifts and power and will develop more of both. Tend your crops, best you can, and that will be enough. I promise. 10/29/2019

Why I Dropped Out Of An Ivy League College 3 Weeks Into Freshman Year

“More importantly, I no longer feel an extreme sense of urgency to have it ‘all figured out’.”
I applaud this young woman’s ability to listen to her inner voice and act on it before things could have gone very differently. I was following the promise of fortune and success as defined by my parents. 10/23/2019

After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’ Regardless of outcome, the application process itself forces the kind of growth parents dream of. 10/15/2019

Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply

Well, this is eye-opening. This is definitely worth a read if you have a student applying to college now or in the near future. Records reviewed by The Washington Post show that at least 44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students, either by tracking their Web activity or formulating predictive scores to measure each studen... 10/08/2019

ACT to Allow Students to Retake Parts of College Entrance Exam

Well, this could be a game changer The ACT plans to let students retake the portions of the test that they are unhappy with, as admissions face greater scrutiny.

[09/26/19]   Some sage admissions advice from those who know it best. 🎓 09/17/2019

Colleges Would Rather Freshmen Not Choose Their Roommates

When I went to college, it was random selections for roomies. Now it’s trending back that way. What do you think about this? Though many new students want to choose for themselves, schools prefer to use dorms as a way to introduce young adults to new perspectives. 08/15/2019

Advice to My College Freshman Don’t take other people’s Adderall. Granola bars have a lot of sugar. The stamp goes in the upper right-hand corner of the envelope. 08/14/2019

OpenTable Reveals 25 Best College Towns for Foodies 2019

It’s all about the food 😋 With fall and the start of school on the horizon, OpenTable is pleased to reveal the 25 best college towns for foodies 2019.


Even the gloomy weather couldn’t hide how beautiful Holy Cross’s campus is.


Clark University. I found out today that if a student completes their undergrad degree - all four years - at Clark, they are eligible to stay for a fifth year to complete their masters degree for free!


First day of a two day post-conference tour. Despite yukky weather, had three great visits at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clark University, and Holy Cross College. Tomorrow: Boston College and Wellesley.
WPI: 05/30/2019

Some incoming Virginia Tech freshmen offered money to delay start in effort to relieve enrollment strain

And another Virginia university makes news today - Virginia Tech is offering some incoming students money to not attend the university for up to a year — a move that comes in the wake of an over-enrollment crunch. 05/30/2019

UVA Adds Early Decision Option for Prospective Applicants

A big change for students applying to UVA Read on to learn about the pros and cons of early decision, early action and regular decision.


Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

Academy Applications open today to students wishing to pursue a Congressional nomination to one of our nation’s military academies.

Visit my website for the application and to find out more about when we'll be hosting Academy Day in #VA10. 04/30/2019

Final Prepaid529 Tuition Program Enrollment Period Closes April 30 | Virginia529

I realize this is very last minute - but if you were considering utilizing the Virginia Pre-Paid tuition program, TODAY (April 30th) is the last day to enroll before the program closes PERMANENTLY. Note that this does not affect the Virginia 529 Plan, only the pre-paid one. Details in this notice: For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser. 04/04/2019

What to Look For When Hiring a College Consultant A consultant should help reduce anxiety for parents and students during the college admissions process. 03/22/2019


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