Tune in to admissions info

Published Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Dave

I moonlight as a public radio producer for KALW, in San Francisco. This past Monday I invited Eric Forbes, Director of Enrollment Services for the California State University, and Bruce Poch, Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Pomona College, to come on the show to discuss the changing landscape of university admissions in California. (The same guy from the previous NY Times Q&A post.) Mr. Forbes talked about how the state’s $800 million education shortfall is affecting both his school and the University of California. Mr. Poch painted a vividly different picture. The show… Continue Reading

4 Perspectives on Admissions

Published Wednesday, July 14, 2010 by Dave

This great Q&A session from the New York Times brings together the deans of admissions from four universities: University of Texas at Austin, Lawrence University, in Wisconsin, Yale University, and California’s own Pomona College (voted Best Classroom Experience by Princeton Review and Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance). It’s an excellent quick-reference guide for both future undergrads and parents, helping demystify the admissions process. Some of their answers are surprising. A few samples… I’ll save some of the best for after the jump, including how your skills as a bassoonist might be your ticket… Continue Reading

In a Cal State of mind

Published Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by Dave

Have your sights set on one of Cal State’s 23 campuses? You may not need to take the SAT — but you might want to anyway. The university says on its CSUMentor site that students who are residents of California and who have a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher are guaranteed admission. But they don’t say to what campus. If you have a specific one in mind, you’re encouraged to take either the SAT or ACT. Even then, CSU will only look at your scores on the Critical Reading and Math sections. That… Continue Reading

Up to Stanford’s standards?

Published Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Dave

The second installment in our school SAT stats series is Stanford. That’s a lot of S’s, but getting in requires a lot of A’s. Or so you’d think. You’ll see at the bottom of this post that 53% of applicants to the 2009 freshman class had a GPA of 4.0 or above and 10% of them were accepted. In fact, the data suggest that GPA maybe isn’t the criteria given the most weight. The data below are for last year’s incoming freshman — data for the incoming 2010 freshman class aren’t available yet — but… Continue Reading

UC and you

Published Monday, May 24, 2010 by Dave

University of California schools are among the most popular with Excel students (and a lot of other students, too). Some 134,000 high school seniors and transfer students applied for Fall 2010 admission. Freshman applicants applied to an average of 3.5 campuses. What does it take to get accepted at one? UC provides a snapshot (pdf) of some of the more important factors, including a breakdown of SAT scores. Since that’s the reason you’re reading this blog, I’ve clipped in that information below. GPA rankings follow it. While test scores are of course important, they’re not… Continue Reading


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