College Admissions News Roundup


  • The Chronicle of Education looks at how the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust) in Saudi Arabia plans to transform itself into a world-class research graduate university, despite the fact that it is located in one of “the most restrictive countries in the world.”  The campus has cost King Abdullah $10 billion dollars, and it is a big step for Saudi Arabia society, because it is the first institution in the country to have men and women in the same classroom.
  • Seniors who are in college and looking for an MBA or a business education should read Businessweek’s article on universities offering MBA programs for students who have just graduated undergrad. Recent graduates should look at the Silver Scholars program at the Yale School of Management (Yale Full-Time MBA Profile), the Momentum MBA program at Xavier University Williams College of Business and the Emerging Leaders MBA program at Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business. Although not mentioned in this article, Duke Fuqua’s and London Business School’s Masters in Management programs are also options for recent college grads who want a foundation in business to launch their careers.  And of course there’s Harvard’s 2+2 program which is accepting applications this year from current seniors who are willing to postpone their matriculation for two years.
  • The Chronicle of Education announced that Yale raised a record-breaking $3.881-billion in their 5-year Yale Tomorrow fundraising campaign. Although this amount of money is a record for a college or university campaign, many more universities are expected to raise similar amounts by the end of the year.
  • The Chronicle of Education looks at the results of the 2011 College Decision Impact Survey, which showed that 63% of seniors graduating go to their first choice colleges, 35% are not accepted to their first choice, and 31% could not afford their first choice (whether they were or were not accepted). The survey shows that the cost of education is increasingly becoming a major factor in what colleges students choose to attend.
  • There is a slight shift towards “no-loan” financial aid and a Washington Post article lists the 12 colleges with the best financial aid policies: Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Davidson College, Harvard University (possibly the most generous), Haverford College, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.
  • People expected the recession to transform college enrollment. However, an article in The Chronicle of Education looks at whether this is in fact the case.  According to a report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the number of enrolled students rose as a result of the recession. Yet many believe it will take years to truly discover the ways in which the recession has affected students’ college choices.
  • The Chronicle of Education blog examines how academia will be forced to change in response to innovation in the coming years.  The post suggests that if changes are not made, families will be paying higher prices for education and be unprepared for the cost. Those on the cutting edge of education look at these possible changes in academia and the drawbacks and benefits of overhauling the current higher education system.

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