what's new in college admissions

In our most recent webinar, we discussed the current college admissions landscape, including trends, changes, and what students can expect. We received many questions from parents and students during the live webinar and we wanted to share the answers to a few of our favorites. Take a look!

How many schools should I apply to?

This can vary quite a bit depending on the strength of your application and how selective the schools you are applying to are. However, we typically recommend that students apply to six to 15 schools, including both reach schools and safety schools.

Should I still submit my SAT® scores if they aren’t as good as I want them to be?

We recommend researching admission data for the schools you plan to apply to. If your score is within or above the middle 50% of scores for that particular school, then we recommend you submit it when you apply. If your score is below the middle 50% of scores, you may consider not submitting it.

Do all schools do interviews?

No! Very few schools require interviews. Some schools offer optional interviews. If you’re interested in interviewing as part of your application process, we recommend reaching out to the admissions office at that school to inquire and schedule your interview.

What’s the difference between test optional and test blind?

This is a great question! Test optional means that schools will consider your test scores as part of your application, but you will not be penalized if you do not submit scores. Test blind means schools will not consider test scores in the admissions process, even if you submit them.

Is there an advantage to applying early?

Early application can help your chances of being accepted. Early decision gives you the best chance, but your acceptance is binding and you are required to attend that school. Early action, on the other hand, is not binding. You receive an early response to your application but do not have to decide then.

Watch the full webinar on what’s new in college admissions here!