25% of parents cheat to get their kids into college

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Questions we explored this week:

  • What percentage of colleges are test optional now? The data is in.
  • Want Early Admissions into a program that prepares your student to be a veterinarian? Check this out.
  • This shocking percentage of parents admit to cheating to help their kids get into college. What is it?

July 30, 2021 — 67%

According to a FairTest survey, 1,600 colleges and universities will have test optional policies for the upcoming admissions cycle. This amounts to about two-thirds of colleges that grant Bachelor’s degrees. In 2019, before Covid, only about 1,000 colleges and universities were test optional.

What does this mean? Some colleges have already reinstated the test score requirement, including Georgia Tech. Those applying to college this year and do poorly on standardized tests should take advantage of the widespread test optional policies by applying to more colleges.

Read more here.

July 30, 2021 — Kansas State

Kansas State admits who just finished high school can apply for the Early Admissions program to the College of Veterinary Medicine starting August 1. A minimum 29 ACT is required. If admitted to the program, your student would earn a seat in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program after obtaining their undergraduate degree — provided certain prerequisities are met, including a 3.3 cumulative undergrad GPA.

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What does this mean? Kansas residents who aspire to be vets can save time and money on applying to veterinary schools after graduation by locking in a seat early at K State.

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July 22, 2021 — 25%

Among 1,250 American parents surveyed by Intelligent.com, 25% admitted to cheating, including falsifying achievements or volunteer experience on a college app, writing or paying someone to write a student’s college essay, bribing college admissions officers, encouraging a student to cheat on standardized tests or having someone else take the test on the student’s behalf. Half of those who admitted to cheating said they did so because their student’s GPA was perceived to be too low. The largest share of cheaters, 33%, fall in the high-income category ($125k annual income and up).

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What does this mean? Colleges are more on guard for falsified and doctored college applications. If your student’s GPA is low, accept the reality and don’t cheat.

Read more here.

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