- The University of Pennsylvania’s admissions office sent out 200 “likely letters” to exceptional applicants, reports a Daily Pennsylvanian article, “Penn reaches likely candidates through video.” “Even in an applicant pool of 31,000-plus, some candidates are going to stand out to the highest degree,” Eric Furda, dean of admissions, said. “We’re identifying those students who are going to have a lot of options when decisions roll in.” Usually these likely letters are sent to applicants in the form of a note notifying them of the impending decision; this year the admissions office decided to change their medium. Likely candidates this year received an email with a link to a video of Furda informing them of the good news. In the video Furda says: “[Y]ou’re among a small group of students who are designated as likely candidates, meaning that on March 30 you’re going to be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania.”
- According to a recent BusinessWeek article, “Tuition Shock Hits Business Majors,” not all undergraduate majors are treated equally—that is, at least when it comes to tuition. 92 out of 162 public research universities in the U.S. have started charging different prices to students majoring in different fields of study. This is particularly true among business and engineer majors. “The trend is continuing, and I think with fiscal pressures for the various legislative bodies, there will be continued pressure on boards and administrators to consider differential tuition as an alternative source of revenue,” says Glen Nelson, CFO for the Arizona Board of Regents. Top undergraduate business program UVA McIntire is among the many schools which will be increasing its fees for its business students.
- And here’s a bit of recent graduate school news: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) reported that GRE test volume hit an all time high in 2010 to more than 700,000 tests taken worldwide, a nearly 5% increase over the previous year. For more facts and figures, please see the ETS press release.
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