Monday Link Roundup for Week of 11/4/13 Reply

P copySugar high steadily fading into a post-candy-binge hangover? Check.

Festive jack-o’-lantern slowly withering as it rots on your front porch? Check.

Halloween supplies and decorations instantly gone from your local stores, immediately replaced by gaudy Christmas displays? Check.

Advertisements proclaiming the arrival of the holiday shopping season already filling airwaves, newspapers, and websites everywhere? Check.

Well, all of that can only mean one thing: October’s over and November has arrived. At least that means that Early Application deadlines, particularly November 1, have come and gone and students submitting those early apps can now relax a bit…

No? What do you mean many early deadlines have been extended? Common App technical difficulties? Didn’t those happen weeks ago? Well it must only be a handful of schools that have moved their deadlines, right? More like 50?!!? Wow, OK then. Better pay attention because who knows what will happen next in this already-crazy college application season that’s still just getting started.

Luckily, we here at the Peterson’s Newswire are keeping up on all the important happenings related to college admissions so that you don’t have to. Just check out this week’s installment of the Monday Link Roundup and you’ll immediately be brought up to speed on all the most recent, relevant, and newsworthy things going on!

  • Speaking of early applications, TIME published an article this past week looking at some of the cons of applying early and why this can be such a tough decision for many applicants.
  • CNN Money presents an interesting comparison showing that while college is extremely expensive, regular child care is even more costly in some parts of the country.
  • In this U.S. News article, Caroline Duda takes a look at a report from the College Board showing that only 43% of SAT takers in 2013 scored high enough to be deemed prepared for college.
  • What happens to the personal information you provide on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT? The companies that administer those tests are under fire, facing a lawsuit claiming that they illegally sold that student info.
  • At the AllFacebook blog, this post delivers some fascinating numbers about college admissions and social media: 31% of surveyed admissions officers reported viewing an applicant’s Facebook or other social media profile and in doing so, 30% of those found something that hurt the applicant’s chance of admission. That latter number is actually down from past years, suggesting that students are doing a better job of managing their online presence, particularly when applying to school.
  • Columnist Matt Gates pens an opinion piece for The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University’s student newspaper, laying out his case for why some parts of the early admissions process should be changed.
  • Are parents the “New Faces of College Admissions”? The New York Times reports on how some parents are taking an increasingly active roll in promoting schools and serving as a new sort of admissions ambassadors.
  • In this short article, Gerald Bradshaw responds to a question about how to gain admission to a top university in a somewhat surprising way: consider and the importance of geographical diversity to many admissions committees and leverage that to your advantage.
  • Are you a parent concerned about the potential cost of the college(s) your son or daughter has applied to? If so, this Chicago Tribune article is a must-read, examining these worries and providing some very valuable advice.
  • Ever been to a college fair? Wonder how to turn those often-hectic experiences into something constructive and useful? Check out these tips from Bloomberg Businessweek to learn how to approach such events.
  • This column by Ronnie Polaneczky provides a refreshing take on the craziness of the college admissions process, calling for cooler heads to prevail and giving some encouraging advice to applicants everywhere.
  • The Common App remains in the news due to its now-infamous technical difficulties. Most importantly for applicants, keep an eye on this list from the Washington Post, which shows most of the schools that have extended an application deadline due to those problems. Princeton became the 43rd school to push back a deadline when it moved its Early Action deadline from November 1 to November 8 this past week.

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