Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post Published 2:41 pm PDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 For Jakelia Baker, deciding which college to attend was not a simple assignment - because the Georgia high school student had been accepted by more than 50 of them, with about $1.3 million in scholarship awards. The 17-year-old senior from Augusta applied to more than 65 schools and got into about 55 by her count, including Clemson, Oklahoma and Michigan State. On Friday afternoon, she made a decision, signing a letter of intent to attend Penn State Beaver on an athletic scholarship. Jakelia, who is set to graduate as valedictorian in May from Lucy Craft Laney High School in Augusta, said she started applying to colleges the summer leading up to her senior year. The teen said she used college admission apps, such as Common App, to send applications to a number of schools because "I had no idea where I was going." Then the acceptance letters started pouring in. "It was very nice," she said … [Read more...] about A teen didn’t know where she wanted to go to college. Then she was accepted to more than 50.
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Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post Published 3:00 pm PDT, Monday, March 18, 2019 In 2007, Harvard University accepted a young man with stellar credentials: perfect scores on the SAT, five SAT subject tests and 16 AP exams; extracurricular activities ranging from Shakespeare plays to model U.N. to tutoring; and a talent for writing poetry. Every item on that resume was a lie. Two years later, Adam Wheeler was caught. Instead of graduating from Harvard, he went to prison for fraud, because he had used his doctored transcripts and test scores and plagiarized essays to rack up more than $45,000 in prizes, grants and financial aid. Wheeler's face was plastered across the news for a brief time in 2010; he became a punchline on "Saturday Night Live" and the subject of jocund speculation about which actor should play him in the movie about his heist. The college admissions system failed to catch Wheeler, for reasons I explored in my 2012 book about the case, "Conning Harvard." … [Read more...] about Colleges haven’t learned from admissions fraud
News / UK and world by Press Association September 13, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Going to church, buying a second home or using a relative’s address are some of the tactics used by parents to get their child into a good school, a report has revealed. Almost a third (30%) of professional parents said they know someone who has used ethically dubious means to get their children into a good school. According to the Sutton Trust’s Parent Power report, published on Thursday, these include techniques such as buying or renting a second home to use that address, or using the address of a relative. The most common tactics for getting into a good school cited by parents include attending church services (31%) in order to get into a religious school, and appealing against admissions decisions (29%). The report draws on a YouGov survey of 1,017 parents of school-age children who were asked how they choose … [Read more...] about Parents admit turning to church to get their children into good school
Allison Slater Tate, The Washington Post Published 8:36 am PDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 My friends and I like to bore our kids with stories about how we applied to college back in the Gen-X heyday: We had to pull forms off the back of college brochures, type all our information and essay responses on an actual typewriter, and mail them at the post office. After that we held our breath and hoped for fat envelopes in April. Now the high school Class of 2019 is in the thick of the college application season, and one thing is certain: This is not their mothers' process. In many ways it's easier, with online applications, virtual campus tours and email. But it's still tedious. And though the stakes seem higher and the outcomes more uncertain, the reality is that 80 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept more than half their applicants, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling's 2017 State of College Admission report. Those should be … [Read more...] about A year-by-year college-prep guide for high schoolers (and their parents)
Liz Weston Nerdwallet Published 4:48 p.m. UTC Aug 15, 2018 The college application process can seem pretty mysterious to the uninitiated. But what colleges want from their applicants isn’t a secret. Schools telegraph what they’re after in the form of big data that’s available online to anyone. High school students can use that data to apply where they will be strong candidates, boosting their chances of admission and financial aid. Here’s what to look for: Use data to find your best match Each year, colleges supply reams of admission and financial aid statistics, known as the Common Data Set, to satisfy the demands of various education publishers, says college consultant Lynn O’Shaughnessy. The information can be found by searching for the college’s name and the phrase “common data set,” or at college comparison sites such as CollegeData. Among other figures, the statistics for each school include: ■The cost to attend. … [Read more...] about What do colleges want? It’s hiding in plain sight