August 19, 2021 — Arizona State and UArizona
Since its 1886 opening, ASU hasn’t seen as high of a Fall semester enrollment as this semester. The 14,400 students enrolled equates to a 12% increase from last year. University of Arizona will also welcome the largest incoming class with 8,700 students. Nearby community colleges, however, are seeing declines in enrollment.
What does this mean? Students are ready to be back in-person, learning, making new friends, and getting away from the pressure of the pandemic. Administrators will be stressing about containing Covid on campus, though.
August 20, 2021 — UChicago
UChicago is known for its out-of-the-box and wacky application supplements that ask applicants to answer questions like “Where’s Waldo?” This year, one of the prompts asks applicants to invent and explain a new unit of measurement. Another prompt asks applicants to explain why something is or is not original.
What does this mean? UChicago is an academically-focused college with creative students. High schoolers who are intimidated by these prompts may not thrive on campus.
August 16, 2021 — Dickinson College
The Carlisle, Pa. college will not consider test scores in applications through the Fall ’23 admission cycle. Unlike test optional schools that consider test scores if submitted, Dickinson will not consider test scores at all. Dickinson has been a test-optional school since 1994.
What does this mean? Test blind (a.k.a. test free) policies remove the pressure for students to still take the ACT or SAT for test optional schools knowing their competitors are doing it.