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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
New Updates in College Admissions Policies
It is time to dust off the books -- college application season has arrived! If you're still undecided as to where to apply, don't fret. The new season (although daunting) brings with it a few developments that may aid you in the decision process and prepare you for college or law school admission essay writing. Here are some of the changes to look out for.

Increased competition: Independent college counselor and contributor to Audrey Kahane writes that more schools have adopted the Common Application process, allowing students to apply to multiple colleges. According to Kahane, this new process leads to an influx of college admissions essays -- meaning more competition. Students shouldn't be too heartbroken if they are rejected from these schools.

Scarce financial aid: According to Kahane, colleges are dealing with major financial aid issues because of reduced alumni donations and devalued endowments. If you're having trouble deciding which school to apply to, pay attention to the most updated financial aid policies, as many schools have been forced to eliminate financial aid and grants. Cross off the list those colleges with unattractive financial aid policies.

Score swaps: Many colleges, including Boston College, Duke and Yale, are accepting an ACT score to meet SAT and Subject Test requirements. If you have a better ACT score than SAT or Subject Tests scores, consider applying to a college that offers this sweet exchange.

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