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College Explorations LLC Discovering the right college begins with exploration. It's the kind of exploration that can take you And the exploration doesn't need to wait until high school.
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Once you begin exploring colleges, you'll learn something about who you are and what you want to be. You may even learn that there's more than one right college for you. It can begin with a middle school decision about algebra or foreign languages. Or it can start with informal visits to local colleges and discussions about programs or majors. Wherever you find yourself in the process, College Exp

lorations can help by providing information, organizing college search and applications, answering questions, and helping you discover the college that best fits your unique talents and interests.

Focus on finding the right fit, evaluate academic opportunities, and discuss affordability in detail.
03/30/2024

Focus on finding the right fit, evaluate academic opportunities, and discuss affordability in detail.

Parents should give their teen the freedom to make their own college decision, but provide support when needed.

"More than 65,000 students applied to Penn this year — marking the largest application pool in Penn's history and an inc...
03/29/2024

"More than 65,000 students applied to Penn this year — marking the largest application pool in Penn's history and an increase of more than 10% from last year, with the Class of 2027 receiving over 59,000 applications."

This marks the largest application pool in Penn's history and an increase of more than 10% from last year.

After decreasing the percent of class admitted through early decision this year, Cornell admitted a total of 5,139 stude...
03/29/2024

After decreasing the percent of class admitted through early decision this year, Cornell admitted a total of 5,139 students to the Class of 2028, which is up slightly from the ~4996 admitted to the Class of 2027 (362 additional students were admitted through the wait list).

The 5,139 admitted students will bring with them a variety of lived experiences that will enrich the vitality and innovation of Cornell’s intellectual community.

"Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science released regular decisions for the class of 2028 on ...
03/29/2024

"Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science released regular decisions for the class of 2028 on Thursday, admitting 2,319 students of 60,248 applicants, according to a press release from Columbia Undergraduate Admissions. The acceptance rate dipped slightly to 3.85 percent from last year’s 3.9 percent."

Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science released regular decisions for the class of 2028 on Thursday, admitting 2,319 students of 60,248 applicants, according to a press release from Columbia Undergraduate Admissions. The acceptance rate dipped slightly to 3.85 percent fro...

"The overall admission rate of 5.3%, a record low, is nearly a percentage point below the 6.2% rate of selectivity for t...
03/29/2024

"The overall admission rate of 5.3%, a record low, is nearly a percentage point below the 6.2% rate of selectivity for the Class of 2027. Applications to Dartmouth rose by 10% from last year."

More news Articles Class of 2028 Draws Record Number of ApplicantsNews subtitleNearly 20% qualify to attend Dartmouth without a parental financial contribution.   ImageImage These early decision students are among the incoming undergraduates in the Class of 2028. Regular decision applicants were n...

"Harvard College accepted 3.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2028 — the highest acceptance rate in four years......
03/29/2024

"Harvard College accepted 3.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2028 — the highest acceptance rate in four years...Harvard received a total of 54,008 applications, a 5.14 percent decrease from last year even as it marked the fourth year in a row that it received more than 50,000 applications."

Harvard College accepted 3.59 percent of applicants to its Class of 2028 — the highest acceptance rate in four years.

"In total, of the 57,465 students who applied to join the class of 2028, 3.7 percent — or 2,146 students — were admitted...
03/29/2024

"In total, of the 57,465 students who applied to join the class of 2028, 3.7 percent — or 2,146 students — were admitted..."

Of the 57,465 students who applied to join the Yale College class of 2028, 2,146 were offered admission, with an additional 773 offered a spot on the waitlist.

"Front-loading of financial aid like grants and scholarships is a form of bait-and-switch, where a college gives a bette...
03/29/2024

"Front-loading of financial aid like grants and scholarships is a form of bait-and-switch, where a college gives a better financial aid offer to freshmen than to sophomores, juniors and seniors. When a college practices front-loading of financial aid, the average grant per recipient decreases after the first year and/or the percentage of students receiving grants decreases. This means students get smaller grants and/or fewer students get grants. Even if a college keeps the grants unchanged, the net price will increase as college costs increase."

More than 80% of US colleges practice front-loading of grants. Find out how this bait-and-switch technique is driving up the cost of college for families.

Regular admissions decisions for the Class of 2028 represent a 10% acceptance rate, on par with last year.
03/28/2024

Regular admissions decisions for the Class of 2028 represent a 10% acceptance rate, on par with last year.

The students admitted to the Tufts undergraduate Class of 2028 are described as civic-minded, entrepreneurial, and committed to collaboration.

"This cycle was also the first to reflect Duke’s recent changes to its internal admissions review process, opting to no ...
03/28/2024

"This cycle was also the first to reflect Duke’s recent changes to its internal admissions review process, opting to no longer give essays and standardized testing scores numerical ratings. Essays, though still considered in the process, no longer received a score due to the rise in the use of generative artificial intelligence and college admissions consultants. "

There were 47,951 Regular Decision applicants, bringing the acceptance rate for Regular Decision to a record low 4.1%, down from 4.8% last year. 

Start post-high school planning;Make your college list; Go on a college tour; Volunteer; Read a book;Prep for the ACT or...
03/28/2024

Start post-high school planning;
Make your college list;
Go on a college tour;
Volunteer;
Read a book;
Prep for the ACT or SAT;
Shadow a professional;
Practice basic life skills.

Spring break provides opportunities for volunteering, job shadowing and preparing for college.

"Boston University, Tufts, Wellesley, and Yale will now top $90,000 a year for tuition, housing, and other expenses, acc...
03/28/2024

"Boston University, Tufts, Wellesley, and Yale will now top $90,000 a year for tuition, housing, and other expenses, according to the schools’ admissions websites. Other private colleges around New England are also likely to cross the $90,000 annual threshold, but haven’t released their updated costs.

Let’s pause for a moment here. More than $90,000. A year. For college."

More than a few students — and parents — experience sticker shock when looking at the cost of college. Prospective students at a number of New England schools are seeing a particularly breathtaking sum this fall.

"In addition to meeting the growing demand for degrees in technological fields and advancing research in rapidly evolvin...
03/27/2024

"In addition to meeting the growing demand for degrees in technological fields and advancing research in rapidly evolving, computing-related disciplines, the new, interdisciplinary college will collaborate with all of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges to advance breakthrough discoveries and strengthen computing education through a 'computing for all' approach. "

Vanderbilt has begun work to establish a transformative college dedicated to computer science, AI, data science and related fields, university leaders announced today. In addition to meeting the growing demand for degrees in technological fields and advancing research in rapidly evolving, computing-...

Overall acceptance to UVa remained fairly steady at ~16% for the classes of 2027 and 2028. The early decision round had ...
03/23/2024

Overall acceptance to UVa remained fairly steady at ~16% for the classes of 2027 and 2028. The early decision round had the highest admit rate (25%) for both years, with RD dropping from 13.7% for 2027 to 11.8% for 2028. Total applications from one year to the next increased by about 4%.

In all, UVA has made offers to 9,665 people over its three admissions phases.

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03/22/2024

George Mason University 4-20-24

"He said the college will launch with existing faculty who will likely keep joint appointments in their current colleges...
03/22/2024

"He said the college will launch with existing faculty who will likely keep joint appointments in their current colleges. The university plans to start recruiting soon, with hopes of recruiting 20 to 25 new faculty. Eventually, he said, they’ll launch a capital campaign for a building."

University officials expect the college to launch by 2025.

"There needs to be continued clarity about what is expected in the application while expanding options for how these exp...
03/22/2024

"There needs to be continued clarity about what is expected in the application while expanding options for how these expectations can be met. For some students that might be a counselor or teacher who knows them well, and for others it might be someone outside the school. If both options are valued equally, only then will students have the confidence to choose what is right for them."

What is often lost in these conversations is a focus on broader reform and reimagination of how students apply to college, and who supports them.

"All this reveals that the ultimate win in the game of admissions is less about the applicant and their needs, and much ...
03/21/2024

"All this reveals that the ultimate win in the game of admissions is less about the applicant and their needs, and much more about a college protecting its prestige (or better yet, improving its standing) as well as its bottom line in filling a class that meets certain enrollment and revenue goals. So, for now, we’re stuck with this system until one set of players in the game decides to make a different move or an external force orders a change to the rules."

More applicants, new rules, and even less clarity from schools.

"As millions of fans—old and new—gear up for this year’s March Madness, Inside Higher Ed is celebrating as it always doe...
03/21/2024

"As millions of fans—old and new—gear up for this year’s March Madness, Inside Higher Ed is celebrating as it always does: with the Academic Performance Tournament, a bracket based not on athletic prowess but on a team’s academic success, as measured by the NCAA’s academic progress rate (APR). "

An Inside Higher Ed annual tradition since 2006: the Academic Performance Tournament. And the winner is …

“Yeah, we’re test-optional now, but we can’t guarantee anything for you.”
03/20/2024

“Yeah, we’re test-optional now, but we can’t guarantee anything for you.”

Some colleges are reinstating SAT and ACT mandates. Others remain test-optional, for now. The mix of policies is wreaking havoc on students, parents and counselors.

"The University of Pennsylvania will remain test optional for the 2024-25 admissions cycle..."
03/20/2024

"The University of Pennsylvania will remain test optional for the 2024-25 admissions cycle..."

This will make Penn test optional for the fourth consecutive year. Like many other elite colleges, it stopped requiring SAT and ACT scores amid the pandemic.

"Some exams were briefly mired by technical glitches, but even so, many test takers had positive views about the new for...
03/20/2024

"Some exams were briefly mired by technical glitches, but even so, many test takers had positive views about the new format. They were especially relieved with the brevity of the exam — which dropped from three hours to a little over two hours — as well as the ability to set their own pace as they worked through the questions. "

Several test takers across the country found themselves in favor of the new format of the college admissions exam — even with some technical glitches.

"With persistence and passion, you are sure to find a career in STEM that can keep you engaged and fulfilled."
03/18/2024

"With persistence and passion, you are sure to find a career in STEM that can keep you engaged and fulfilled."

You may be considering your options for careers in STEM, and the field is larger than you’re likely imagining. Beyond the standard jobs in tech, working

"One thing has remained constant since 2006, though: Inside Higher Ed’s annual Academic Performance Tournament. Unlike t...
03/18/2024

"One thing has remained constant since 2006, though: Inside Higher Ed’s annual Academic Performance Tournament. Unlike traditional NCAA brackets, ours determines the winners of each game by comparing the academic performance of teams, as measured by the NCAA’s own flawed metrics for judging academic success."

An Inside Higher Ed annual tradition since 2006: the Academic Performance Tournament. This year's winner is ...

"...81 percent of students say campus gun policies are important in choosing which institution to attend and 70 percent ...
03/16/2024

"...81 percent of students say campus gun policies are important in choosing which institution to attend and 70 percent say reproductive health policies play a role in their decision. Of those, 84 percent prefer campuses in states where gun access is restricted, and 80 percent look for colleges in states with less restrictive access to reproductive care."

Research shows that students care a great deal about the policies of the state in which they attend college, especially on issues like gun control and abortion.

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