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Regular Admissions Trends for the Class of 2023: A Look Back to Help You Plan Ahead!

If you are in the midst of planning for your early and regular applications, a look back on last year’s college admissions cycle could provide helpful insights to keep in mind as you delve into the college admissions process. As a follow-up to our previous blog on Early Admissions Trends for ...

Early Admissions Trends for the Class of 2023

As the pool of applicants increases and schools continue to expand admissions options, applying early has become a game of strategic calculations and daunting choices for students. This year alone, many schools saw sharp increases in early applications and most schools experienced a drop in admit rates. By now, students have ...

College Application Platforms

There are several different online platforms through which universities accept applications. While the Common Application is still the strong favorite, the Coalition Application seems to be gaining in popularity, and the Universal College Application has several interesting features. All of these platforms allow students to create a centralized college application ...

Early Admissions Trends for the Class of 2022

As the pool of early applicants increases and schools continue to expand early admissions options, applying early has become a game of strategic calculations and daunting choices for students. This year alone, early applications rose by over 10% at many highly-selective schools. In turn, more applications have led to greater selectivity. ...

Early Admissions Trends for the Class of 2021

The early admissions train was packed this year with more and more students applying early action and early decision to their top college choices. By now, most students have received their early admissions decisions and are either elated by acceptance, disappointed with rejection, or stalled in the waiting room of ...

Early Admissions Decisions: Your Next Steps

Early admissions decisions are in from most colleges, and if you’ve applied early, chances are you know whether you’ve been admitted, deferred, or denied. But now what? Depending on your admissions outcome, there are a variety of actions you can – and should – take. If you’ve accepted a binding ...

Common App 2014-2015: What You Need to Know!

This year’s Common App launched Friday, August 1st.  Luckily, after a rocky implementation last year of a new generation of the Common App, the early experience of the 2014 version is going smoothly!   Rising seniors can now register for an account, complete the Common App form, add their colleges, and ...

Common App Problems Cause Deadline Extensions

CA4, the “new and improved” Common App, launched August 1, 2013, after great fanfare and anticipation.  The goals of CA4 are to handle increased user capacity, to improve the content and design of the application, and to allow more customization of Supplements by the Member Colleges. Unfortunately, users and college ...

The New Common App CA4

The Common App has undergone significant changes in content and design, effective with the Class of 2014.  Scott Anderson, Director of Outreach of the Common Application, provided a fascinating webinar of the new Common Application, called version CA4.  There are now over 520 colleges that accept the Common App! New ...