University of Virginia

University of Virginia

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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University of Virginia’s Women’s Lacrosse Team Member Murdered

Courtesy Virginiasports.com

Courtesy Virginiasports.com

At 2:15 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010 police were called to the off-campus apartment of Yeardley Love, 22, a member of the University of Virginia’s women’s lacrosse team, a team considered to be a promising contender to advance to the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Love was found in her bed by her roommate as to what was described as a possible alcohol overdose, but witnesses reported that there was obvious physical trauma to her body.

Police in Charlottesville, Virginia have arrested a University of Virginia men’s lacrosse player, George Huguely, 22, and charged him with first-degree murder after searching his home from sufficient probable cause warrants. The men’s lacrosse team is ranked high nationally and is expected to be the first team in heading into this month’s NCAA tournament.

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Black Woman Becomes President of Former Whites-only School

Autumn Adkins, President of Girard College

Autumn Adkins, President of Girard College

Before 1968, Girard College, located in Philadelphia, was a white-only boys school, and before 1984, girls were not allowed into the school. Now a black woman, Autumn Adkins, is the president of Girard.

Peter Shoemaker, chairman of the board of managers at Girard, is delighted by the new president.

“She is highly intelligent, she is highly driven, she is extremely communicative,” he told the Washington Post. “She has evolved a very clear vision for the school.”

Adkins, who became president in October of 2009, grew up in an upper-middle class Virginia suburb. Volunteer work in poor neighborhoods as a teenager inspired her to go into the education profession. Adkins aspired for a job like this early on in life. On a college application, she later wrote that she hoped of starting a boarding school for underprivileged students.

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