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The school system that admitted friends of staff

  • A University of California audit found admissions preference for certain applicants. What types?
  • This university's president resigned after less than 9 months on the job. What happened?
  • Declining enrollment is all the talk, but which state school's jump in enrollment shocked everyone?

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Q&A with a retired UC Berkeley Law admissions dean

“I denied several applications…due to poor writing skills, incoherent thoughts, and/or a generic or overly-pompous attitude,” explains Edward Tom, a law school admissions dean, now retired after over 30 years at UC Berkeley. We discuss his lessons from reading over 200k applications for a 14% admit rate, including the types of personal statements that turned him off, the most memorable candidate, and the reality behind the job of an admissions dean. Plus: does yield protect exist at Berkeley?

A new grading rubric for UC admissions 2021

“I definitely do look at income and try and make my score make sense,” explains UC Santa Cruz senior admissions evaluator, Ria Jagasia, about how household income plays a role in her review.  In the final installment of our UC insider interview, we discuss the new rubric without test scores, deferrals taking away seats from high school seniors, the order of importance among GPA/SAT/AP scores, and the effects of financial need.

How UC admissions works

“We’re not supposed to grade word choice and eloquence because there’s a lot of equity issues with writing,” says UC Santa Cruz senior admissions evaluator, Ria Jagasia, about evaluating UC essays. In this week’s interview: how to combat a low GPA, tips on appealing rejections, the differences between a 1 (best score) and a 2 (second-to-best) candidate, the UC tolerance for senioritis, and the real effects of alumni status and demonstrated interest.

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Princeton University is under investigation

  • Princeton University is under investigation by the feds. Why?
  • This year, this type of student is dropping out of college faster than others. Who are they?
  • University of Washington got slapped with a class-action lawsuit. What’s it about?

Judge says UCs can’t consider ACT/SAT scores

  • A Calif. judge prohibited UCs from accepting test scores. What happened?
  • Move over, Insta. What’s the latest social network available only on select college campuses?
  • Which institutions just dropped SAT/ACT requirements for annual scholarships of $6k?

Increased enrollment in public 4-year unis

  • Harvard study: If elite college grads get paid more than grads from other schools, do they perform better at work?
  • What’s involved in the academic study of fashion and textiles?
  • Despite deferrals and gap years, which colleges actually saw higher enrollment this fall?

SE universities report highest Covid numbers

  • MAP: Which U.S. universities have the most Covid cases?
  • A recent NYTimes campus Covid map was criticized for false information. What happened?
  • Better late than never. Where’s the latest campus that announced test optional admissions?
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