Get a scholarship for studying this uncommon science

SocratesPost is always on the frontlines scouring the news for relevant updates in the college admissions landscape. We look for anything that can help shape our understanding of the latest trends in admissions and help our readers see the direction in which we’re moving.

Questions we explored this week:

  • This major U.S. company is offering employees free college tuition. Which one?
  • Ivy Day: These popular colleges accepted around 4% of applicants. Which ones?
  • Want a scholarship? This college is offering students money to study cannabis chemistry.

April 8, 2021 — Chipotle

Employees who’ve worked at the fast food chain for more than 4 months will be eligible for free tuition in 100 different degrees in 10 universities, including University of Denver, University of Arizona, and Southern New Hampshire University. Eligible degrees must relate to the business’s main functions: agriculture, supply chain, culinary, and hospitality.

What does this mean? Top schools may be increasing tuition and decreasing admissions rates, but opportunities for free tuition exist for those willing to work a bit.

Read more here.

April 6, 2021 — Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton

Columbia accepted 3.7% of applicants while Harvard accepted 3.4%. New test optional policies skyrocketed the number of applications at each institute, causing acceptance rates to plummet. Other popular Ivy League schools saw steep drops in acceptance rates: Princeton at 4%, Yale at 4.6%, and Brown at 5.4%.

Picked for you:  While ED/EA results come out, these colleges cut tuition

What does this mean? Applicants should treat college admissions like the lottery. The low acceptance rates might deter some students from applying next cycle, opening up more room for students truly committed to attending one of these coveted institutions.

Read more here.

April 6, 2021 — Lake Superior State University

The Michigan university has offered a cannabis degree since 2019, but has recently launched a $1,200 annual scholarship for students committed to studying cannabis chemistry, a field that’s expected to blossom with 500,000 jobs in the next year. Medical and recreational marijuana are legal in Michigan.

What does this mean? Traditional parents might freak out at the idea of their children studying marijuana as a science, but should be open-minded to the potential of making big money and serving the community — especially before the field gets overcrowded.

Picked for you:  This Ivy League school is getting too crowded

Read more here.

Hi there.

No one spotlights the human stories of college admissions like we do.

But we're independent journalists who need support from readers like you.

Your subscription keeps us going -- completely ad-free.

Already a subscriber? Log in