College admissions in the United States refers to the process of applying for entrance to institutions of higher education for undergraduate study at one of the nation's 2,675 four-year nonprofit schools. Generally, college search begins in the student's junior year although most activity takes place during the senior year of high school.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it would take up a lawsuit challenging race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas, setting the stage for it to reconsider affirmative-action policies that it had ruled constitutional in 2003, before its composition significantly changed.
At the University of Michigan, more entering freshmen in 2003 came from families earning at least $200,000 a year than came from the entire bottom half of the income distribution. At some private colleges, the numbers were even more extreme.
More than seven years ago, a 44-year-old political scientist named Anthony Marx became the president of Amherst College, in western Massachusetts, and set out to change its admissions policies. Mr. Marx argued that elite colleges were neither as good nor as meritocratic as they could be, because they mostly overlooked lower-income students.
After analyzing administrative data from the two "most selective public institutions", University of Texas in Austin (UT) and Texas A&M (TAMU), Princeton researchers Harris and Tienda found "an annual decrease in Hispanic applicants of up to 309 at UT, and nearly 500 at TAMU," according to a press release for Springer's journal, "Race and Social Problems".
Changes to college admission policy in Texas may be leaving some out - namely Hispanics, according to a study conducted by Princeton researchers Dr. Angel Harris and Dr. Maria Tienda.
new survey of admissions officials at the 75 most competitive colleges and universities (defined as those with the lowest admit rates) finds that there are distinct patterns, typically not known by applicants, that differentiate some holistic colleges from others.
There is a lot of debate about which colleges are truly need-blind when it comes to admissions, but most agree that the list is fairly narrow and consists of perhaps eight to twelve schools.
Mr. Carter[President of Columbia College Chicago] said a task force suggests that Columbia have a more selective undergraduate admissions policy and limit enrollment to some programs to help ensure that students can "succeed academically." In addition, the task force wants the cost of attending Columbia to be affordable, given that student debt has become an overwhelming financial burden among unemployed and underemployed graduates at all universities.
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a politically charged challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas. The court's decision gives conservatives another chance to reconsider the use of race in college admissions.
In its 2003 case Grutter v. Bollinger, the United States Supreme Court ruled that colleges and universities could consider race and ethnicity in their admissions decisions for at least 25 years. But a move by the court on Tuesday could ultimately reverse that decision — ending race-based affirmative action policies at Yale and other higher education institutions across the country.
Harvard College’s admissions office will announce whether it will bring back an early admissions program within the next several months, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 said in an interview earlier this week.