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Acceptance rates to America’s top colleges have experienced a steady decline over the last several years, as illustrated in the chart below. As application numbers have skyrocketed and the admissions process has focused increasingly on factors beyond classroom performance and standardized test scores, entry into these colleges and universities is now far more challenging than it was even a decade ago, let alone fifteen or twenty years before.
Planning for college is often stressful for both high school students and their parents, and that stress is compounded the longer you wait to get started on the college preparation and application process. In fact, there are a number of reasons why sophomores, and even freshmen, may want to get started on their college plans.
When you start looking into the college application process, you'll encounter a lot of abbreviations, ED1 and ED2 among them. These two abbreviations, which stand for Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2, are a fairly recent development in college admissions, but they are really just a new form of previously existing Early Decision programs.
An issue that has received rampant media coverage in recent months is the question of whether Asian-American students are at a disadvantage when it comes to applying to the nation's top colleges and universities. Schools like Princeton and Harvard have been accused of, and even sued for, admissions practices that allegedly benefit African-American and Latino students at a cost to Asian-American applicants.
The redesigned SAT exam is set to hit testing centers throughout the country in the spring of 2016.
Since The College Board – which administers the SAT – announced plans to roll out a revised exam, we at Spark Admissions have been advising members of the class of 2017 to hold off on taking the reworked test when it launches in March 2016.
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