Common App sounds alarm about dip in first-gen, low-income applicants

New information from the Common Application offers another glimpse at the pandemic’s implications for equity in higher education, showing a decline in applicants who requested fee waivers and those who would be the first in their family to earn a college degree.

How will admissions officers evaluate applicants this year?

College admissions teams face uncharted territory as they prepare for a wave of applications with missing grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities. Some welcome the chance to reconsider what makes a student outstanding.

UC president urges system to drop SAT/ACT requirement

University of California President Janet Napolitano this week shared a plan to phase out use of the ACT and SAT in admission decisions—the latest installment in a closely watched debate over the system’s testing requirements.

Bloomberg releases $700 billion higher ed plan

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has unveiled a $700 billion higher education plan that would make two-year public colleges free for all students, double the maximum Pell Grant, and ask institutions to end legacy preference in the admissions process.