Let’s see what’s interesting in college admissions these days:
- Perfect Phrases for College Application Essays McGraw Hill recently published Accepted editor Sheila Bender’s most recent book, Perfect Phrases for College Application Essays. Although not yet available at Accepted, it is available from Amazon and other bookstores. Don’t let the fool you. This book is not a mere collection of mantras that could cause you to blend into the gray mass of application; it is a collection of techniques to help you craft the perfect phrases to compellingly tell your story and stand out from the crowd.
- Accepted College Admissions Ebook Birthday Sale from now through May 13. Save 50% on:
- How to Write Great College Application Essays and Stay Sane: Discover how to engage your parents constructively while applying, remain in control of the writing process, and produce great essays for your college applications.
- Submit a Stellar Application: 42 Terrific Tips to Help You Get Accepted: Discover practical, hands-on advice to help you complete your applications and get accepted, with a collection of the best of O&E tips.
- Yale Crows About Yield. In an article in the Yale Daily News last week Yale announced that its yield is virtually unchanged from last year at this time. To date, 68.9%, compared to 69.4% last year, of accepted students have indicated their intention to matriculate at Yale in September. In addition, "Yale’s applications did skyrocket to a total of 22,813, an 18 percent increase over last year’s total. Early applications this year rose a staggering 36 percent from last year." The article claims that these stats indicate the predictions of massive uncertainty in face of reduced number of early admissions programs and significant changes in financial aid policies were overblown.
- Other Ivy League schools, however, are less sanguine. "Top Colleges Dig Deeper in Wait Lists for Students" in The New York Times surveyed admissions directors at elite programs throughout the country, and they anticipate they will use their waitlists much more than they did last year. As schools scramble for students, and students try to capture the best option, look for continued uncertainty and turmoil on the college admissions scene.