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Many Schools Extend Early Admissions Deadline After Freak Winter Storm

College Common Application LogoWhen an unseasonal snow storm swept through the Northeast last week, many families were left without electricity. This means no heaters, no warm water, and the worst thing for high school seniors: no computers or internet to use to submit their early applications for college acceptance.

The deadline for many colleges for early application was November 1, 2011. For many students who wanted to apply early to their choice schools, the lack of power in their homes forced them to flock to local coffee shops, bookstores, and other public places that still had electricity to charge their laptops and working Internet connections in order to submit their applications.

“I actually had a nervous breakdown, said Victoria Ngo, a high school student who wanted to apply early admission to Villanova University. Ngo found herself without power and was unable to complete her personal statement, which was saved on her laptop, because the computer’s battery had died. Luckily, Ngo was able to go to her cousin’s home in another city where she could charge her computer and finish her personal statement on time.

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Early Admission Back by Popular Demand

college applicationEarly admissions were the subject of much criticism four years ago, leading several prominent colleges to abandon the practice in fall of 2006. Harvard, Princeton and the University of Virginia all announced the end of their early admissions. Critics of early decisions say it favors wealthy students and leads to less economic diversity.

This week, the University of Virginia announced that they will be bringing back the early admissions option. Although they found that eliminating early decision applications saw betting overall quality of the students admitted and better socioeconomic diversity, the college says it’s returning the early admission in response to feedback from students and college councilors. Early Admissions are up at many prestigious universities still offering the option, 17 percent at the University of Pennsylvania and 25 percent at Northwestern University.

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The Perks of Skipping High School and Going Straight to College

Bored with high school? Consider early admission!

Bored with high school? Consider early admission!

Are you an excellent student who can’t stand high school anymore?  Maybe you need to go college.  And thanks to a number of options, you might be able to go after your sophomore or junior year of high school.

How does this work?  Some colleges have early admissions programs for exceptional high school students.  A unique school that’s especially designed for this purpose is Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts.  Students typically come to this small school after their sophomore year and earn either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree. Many transfer the credits they earn in their two years at Bard to other four year schools. Other colleges and universities have smaller programs designed for students who want to do early admission, so check with colleges that interest you or your guidance counselor to find such programs. Read the rest of this entry »





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