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Without a Preference, Amherst Legacy Admits Fell From 11% to 6%

This is the first year in which they did not receive a preference.

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Columbia U Drops Out of ‘U.S. News’ Undergraduate Rankings

Its move could encourage other colleges to do the same. Three have acted this year.


The Benefits of Student Swapping

Without it, wealthy students would just enroll in the flagships in their home states, making no more room for low-income students.

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Reconsidering Extracurriculars in Admissions

To increase equity in admissions and reduce student stress, colleges should consider reducing the number of extracurricular activities applicants can list, Pearl Lo writes.

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Leveling Off at the Bottom

New data show enrollments have largely stabilized after the pandemic nosedive. But recovery remains elusive, and demographic shifts threaten to keep it that way.

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Are Payoffs to Get Your Kid Into College Legal?

Ruling by federal appeals court in the Varsity Blues cases that went to trial suggests that in some cases, they may be legal.

Jewish students at Brown University share a meal in a park as the sun sets.

Jewish Student Enrollment Is Down at Many Ivies

Jewish students are enrolling less at many of the Ivies and going to a broader range of institutions than before.

Students walking around on the campus of University of Southern Maine.

An Enrollment Boost and Decline

Enrollment boomed at Maine community colleges after state lawmakers instituted a temporary free college program—but it declined at University of Maine system institutions.