Welcome to the first of what will be an ongoing weekly feature here at the Peterson’s Newswire: our Monday Link Roundup. Every week we’ll start you off by sorting through the college admissions news from the previous week, picking out the most interesting and relevant articles, and putting them all together here for your reading convenience. Given the massive amount of news on this topic, we want this to be an easy way for you to stay up-to-date on recent trends without having to spend hours slogging through Google searches or RSS feeds.
If you have thoughts on any of the articles posted in each week’s roundup, don’t hesitate to share them below in the comments. Even more importantly, if there’s a particularly interesting, informative, or important news item that we missed, please let us know below for the benefit of all our readers!
Without further ado, here’s this week’s (cue booming, echo-y, authoritative voice) Monday Link Roundup:
- A college admissions columnist explains how all the elements of your application come together and allow an admissions officer to build a comprehensive understanding of who you are in this article.
- A student newspaper reports that George Washington University has misrepresented its financial aid policy for several years.
- Wondering what’s important in college admissions? Maybe nothing, according to this short humorous anecdote shared in the Washington Post.
- This piece in the Wall Street Journal gives a personal take on the age-old college admissions question: better to be well-rounded or intensely focused?
- How far would you go to improve your standardized test scores? Check out this article for an interesting perspective.
- Considering the technical issues that have plagued the Common App so far this year, college counselor Patrick O’Connor urges applicants to pay close attention to the websites of their target schools/programs.
- Are you a Canadian planning to apply to U.S. schools? Don’t miss this informative article from the Huffington Post’s Kat Cohen.
- TIME takes a look at “Seven Shocking College Admissions Scandals,” including large-scale cheating on the SAT and schools falsifying their admissions statistics.
- In news that’s sure to make many headlines for the foreseeable future, the New York Times reports on the Supreme Court tackling the complex and sensitive issue of affirmative action this session.