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  • Petition protests new Cal Poly rule: Attend orientation or lose your admission

    "A petition signed by more than 1,400 people protests a new Cal Poly policy that entering students must enroll in two orientation programs or lose their offer of admission to the university.

    But university officials counter that the Student Life Orientation Days (SLO Days) and Week of Welcome (WOW) programs are critical to helping students transition to life on campus and develop the skill set for college success.

    Orientation programming includes workshops in personal safety, substance abuse, self-esteem and sexual assault, academic guidance and adjustment to campus life.

    The petition says that the university is creating a hardship for working, low-income and out-of-state students, contending they may not be able to afford the combined $365 registration fees and may face difficulty in paying for travel costs." ...

  • UVA selects recent grads to help high school students navigate college admissions

    "Those who have just finished their own college experiences are some of the best to guide their slightly younger peers to higher education.

    This is the philosophy behind the Virginia College Advising Corps, though which recent graduates of the University of Virginia, UVA’s College at Wise and Radford University will spend the next year guiding high school students toward college.

    Twenty-four recent graduates including 21 from UVA, make up the corps. They will spend the next academic year in Virginia high school counseling offices, working with students who might otherwise not think about higher education. The advisers help students navigate financial aid questions, arrange college visits and assist with college preparation." ...

  • Avoid These 4 Common Law School Application Cliches

    "A strategic, self-reflective approach to your law school application is essential whether you have a definitive legal career path in mind, know only that you want to become a lawyer or simply want a law degree. A successful law school application also goes beyond the undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores to persuade decision-makes that you deserve admission to their law school.

    Some applicants may consider highlighting such aspects as being from a family of lawyers or their love of arguing, but these are cliches that all applicants should avoid. Rather, think about how critical experiences in your life showcase aspects of your identity and personality that position you for success in law school. ...

    ... You could choose to highlight specific fields you want to learn more about without committing to a particular course of study. Law school is a time to explore, and your law school application is a statement of interest, not a binding contract. However you choose to support your candidacy, be sure you avoid these four common application cliches." ...

  • You got into college. Will you show up? Not if you 'melt'

    "... In order for students to successfully matriculate, they must complete tasks like signing up for orientation, completing financial aid application requirements, buying textbooks and finishing paperwork.

    Some of causes of summer melt arise when students and their families become overwhelmed with these big decisions, are disconnected from any help, and are unaware of important information before deciding not to attend in the fall, said Lindsay Page, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh who has done research on summer melt." ...

  • Does the SAT Still Matter if Nearly 1,000 Colleges Are Test-Optional?

    "... Bates College in Maine was the first to make the SAT optional in 1991. Its 20-year study of admitted students revealed that those who submitted tests did not show any better academic performance or graduation rates than those who didn’t.

    The SAT was meant to help level the academic playing field, but Fair Test’s Schaeffer says that was before admissions officers had detailed information about the rigor of particular high schools to compare students.

    'That was back…before multiple studies proved that high school grades were a better predictor of undergraduate success than any test, before research showed a very strong correlation between test results and family income, and before the explosion of high-priced test-prep courses gave well-to-do families an opportunity to purchase the equivalent of steroids to improve their teenagers' scores,' Schaeffer told NBC News.

    Grades are a better predictor of success in college, he said." ...