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“So many schools will under-enroll,” says admissions director

"I guarantee you so many schools will under-enroll." This week, part 2 of our latest Q&A special: how coronavirus affects scholarships, test score requirements, colleges going out of business, and admissions officers losing jobs. Plus, questions college hopefuls should be asking amidst COVID-19 and predictions on the future of college admissions. Ken Dunbar is an admissions director with 20 years in college admissions.

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Ivy League acceptance rates rise at select schools

  • Ivy League acceptance rates... increased? Which schools admitted more students than last year?
  • Okay, I see you...This entire state just went test optional. Are you in it?
  • Medical schools are letting their students graduate early to join the COVID-19 fight. Which ones?

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Coronavirus Q&A w/ admissions director at Widener

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS REPORT: “We don’t even know if we’ll be open in the fall… It’s a financial disaster,” says Ken Dunbar, int’l admissions director at Widener U. in PA. Our latest exclusive interview features a 20-year admissions expert on how admissions offices are scrambling amidst COVID-19. Topics covered: tuition refunds, yield and application rates, emotional implications, and future outlook.

Pet peeves and how to get denied, explains admissions dean

“One of my big pet peeves is a student who says they want to go into journalism, but they spend their entire essay writing about their soccer team,” says UIUC admissions dean, Megan Zwilling. We discuss applicants' social media, overly-involved parents, disagreements in the admission committee, and appeal letters. Plus, Megan's answers to questions from our readers Sophie and Tyrone.

UIUC admissions dean answers readers questions

“I thought I knew the student, but I actually knew their mom or somebody else who wrote the essay,” says University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign admissions dean. A conversation about how she sniffs out doctored apps, highlights from the best essays she’s read, plus direct answers to questions from our readers Venkates, James, and Scott.

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A top Ivy League school’s 7% drop in apps

  • This top Ivy League school saw a steep 7% drop in freshman applications. Which one is it?
  • After coronavirus disruptions, Vanderbilt and Berkeley are easing students’ stress. What are they doing?
  • This top college has gone test optional, citing COVID-19-related cancellations to SAT/ACT tests. Which one?

COVID-19 closes campuses, but rich colleges do more

  • The hidden, arguably unnecessary fee in your tuition that costs up to $3k per year…what is it?
  • Unstoppable: Another top college considering dropping test score requirements. Which one?
  • Many colleges have closed due to COVID-19, but the rich universities are doing something more. What is it?

The admissions counselor who really messed up

  • Do you have $77k/year to spend? This Ivy League school’s tuition just went up. Which one is it?
  • 54 grad students at a University of California campus just got fired. What happened?
  • An admissions counselor lost his job after asking high schoolers to do this. What did he want?

The future of legacy admissions

  • This elite school system got caught making “exceptions” to admit under-qualified students. Which one?
  • Goodbye, again! These four colleges dropped test score requirements.
  • What’s the future of legacy admissions? Here’s what one presidential candidate says.
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