9 Shocking Things We Learned From The Hollywood Cheating Admissions Scandal

9 Shocking Things We Learned From The Hollywood Cheating Admissions Scandal

 Admissions Officers Spend 8 Minutes On Your Application

An ever-increasing number of applications have swamped admissions offices in recent years, resulting in faster reading of files. Whereas once readers could spend 16 to 20 minutes on a given applicant, the average is now around eight minutes.  [The Atlantic]

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HIDE THAT FINSTA & More Admissions News You Should Know

HIDE THAT FINSTA & More Admissions News You Should Know

TIME TO SCRUB YOUR INSTA...."The majority of US admissions officers and prospective students think that it is “fair game” for universities to visit applicants’ social media profiles when deciding who to admit to their institution, according to two recent studies. A survey of 388 US admissions officers found that 68 per cent thought that they could visit sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help them decide who to offer a university place to, despite the fact that less than a third (29 per cent) said that they actually engaged in the practice, a decline from 35 per cent since last year." [Times Higher Education]

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😩😩😩 Class of 2021 Sets New Admissions Records

😩😩😩 Class of 2021 Sets New Admissions Records

Applications have skyrocketed to Ivy League schools. Cornell got 47K+ apps and accepted only 12.5% (a record low). UPenn had 40K+ apps and admitted only 9.15%—the lowest in history. Brown had 32K+ apps and accepted a record low of 8.3%. Stanford got 44+ apps and admitted just 4.65% of that application pool, another historical lowest rate.

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DROP. EVERYTHING. New Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

DROP. EVERYTHING. New Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

🚨 🚨 🚨 There are two new Common App Essay Prompts for 2017-18: one is literally a blank slate, reinforcing my advice to ignore them altogether when writing yours.

Describe a topic, idea or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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