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Talkin’ Smack-a-demic: December ’15

It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S., and one thing we can be thankful for is that the hard work of the admissions season will be over soon. Whether your applications are complete or if you are still polishing the last few, you have our thanks for making College Confidential a better place.

A Million International Students Pinch US Admissions
An interesting article at The Wall Street Journal notes that 975,000 international students are enrolled in US colleges and universities this year, up 10% from the year before. Since most of these are full-tuition students, they are attractive prospects for financially strapped US schools. But, it’s making it more difficult for US and in-state students to be admitted.
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More College Rankings: The Economist Looks at Salary Outcomes
It seems like there’s an abundance of new college rankings, and the latest come from the financial journal The Economist. Their rankings use the premise the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere. See how the schools on your list fare!
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Which College Majors Lead Graduates to Their Parents’ Basements
Do your post-college plans include moving back in with mom and dad? If not, you might want to take a look at this list of majors that shows the percent of grads living in their parents’ home. Do you think business majors do better than philosophy majors according to this analysis? You might be surprised!
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UK College Applications Going Name-Blind To Combat Inequality
What’s in a name? Quite a lot … your name can offer clues to your ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and even socioeconomic status. Studies show these factors can influence admissions. So, in the United Kingdom, college applications are going name-blind in 2017. Should US colleges do the same? Join the discussion.
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Similarities and Differences Between AP and IB Programs
College-bound high school students are often advised to take the most challenging courses available. These courses will often be either Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB), though some high schools offer both. While AP and IB are excellent in and of themselves—as well as similar in some ways—there are also significant differences between them.
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Ask the Dean
Switching from Regular Decision to Early Action … AFTER the Application Was Submitted
Question: I intended to apply Restricted Early Action but I selected Regular Decision instead. I emailed the university. Should I email Common App as well and ask them to change my application? Or will the university contact Common App to change my application? Is that even possible?
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Parental Prerogatives
Parents, in my experience, fall into two main groups: (1) those who would be considered so-called “helicopter” parents (usually mothers), and (2) “the uninitiated,” those who know that the college process is a significant challenge but who also know that they don’t know much about it.
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