For many high school seniors across the United States, an email or envelope in the mailbox leads to screaming, cheering, crying or despair as they learn whether they have been accepted to the college or university of their choice. “This year, I chose to apply to seven different universities: the University of Virginia, Howard University, James Madison University, Penn State University, University of Michigan, Pace University, and New York University,” said senior Bekah Lott, who will graduate from Rock Ridge High School in Virginia in May. Lott has committed to New York University, her top choice, she said. The Common Application, or Common App , a nonprofit that connects applicants with more than 900 colleges and universities through a standardized process, reported that applications were up 9% this season, compared with last year. But applications from first-generation students were up 20%, according to the Common App, to larger and more selective colleges. This was also … [Read more...] about University Applications Spike Amid Pandemic
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College fees are expensive, but they’re not supposed to be this pricey. Dozens of wealthy parents in the U.S. were indicted this week for illegally paying up to millions of dollars to buy a place for their children at prestigious universities. The scandal has pulled back the curtain on a process that has often frustrated applicants and their families pursuing higher education. Trying to wrap your arms around it is like trying to catch fog. Famous Parents, Coaches Charged in 'Largest' College Admission Scam Rich and famous parents paid tens of thousands to get their children into elite universities So what do students need to do to get accepted into U.S. colleges and universities? Don’t wait until your senior year of high school to prepare for college. The first steps start freshman year . Grade-point averages, or GPAs — which carry the most weight in acceptance — start being calculated the first day of a student’s freshman year. Most schools … [Read more...] about How to Untie the Knots of College Applications
Brighton College Bangkok pupils visit our sister school. Brighton College Bangkok is a sister school of Brighton College UK and is part of a family of schools spanning the UK, Middle East and South-East Asia. Brighton College UK is the top co-educational school for academic results and in 2020 was named as the UK School of the Decade, The Sunday Times’ most prestigious educational award. On average, one in six pupils at Brighton College secures an offer to study at Oxford and Cambridge, and over 180 Brighton College pupils have gone on to take up Oxbridge places over the past six years. Overall, 98% of pupils receive offers from the UK’s leading (Russell Group) universities such as Imperial, LSE and UCL. In the past four years, Year 13 pupils from the Brighton College family of schools have also gone on to study at over 30 different US and Canadian universities, including Ivy League institutions such as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. … [Read more...] about Brighton College UK was recently named as England’s School of the Decade by The Sunday Times.
The college admissions scandal that made headlines over the past two years came to a close this week as the last celebrity parent was released from prison. Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli is now on house arrest after his role in the 2019 college admissions scandal, according to The Associated Press . He was released from a federal facility in Lompoc, near Santa Barbara, California, and will remain in home confinement until April 17. He reported to prison in November. This comes after the recent release of Netflix’s Operation Varsity Blues , which detailed how famous and moneyed parents paid to have applications, exam scores and transcripts fixed and fabricated, including wildly exaggerated stories of sports abilities. Giannulli and his wife, Full House star Lori Loughlin, paid half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as recruits for the university crew team. Loughlin was released from a two-month stint in prison in … [Read more...] about College Admissions Scandal Parent Released from Prison
BOSTON - A California executive has pleaded guilty to charges that he paid $400,000 in bribes to get his son into Georgetown University. Stephen Semprevivo pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court. He is the third parent to plead guilty in the vast college admissions bribery scheme. Authorities say Semprevivo gave $400,000 to an admissions consultant who paid off then-Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst for pretending Semprevivo's son was a team recruit. Ernst has pleaded not guilty to accepting $2.7 million in bribes to designate at least 12 applicants as recruits. Semprevivo is an executive at Agoura Hills-based Cydcor, which provides companies with outsourced sales teams. Semprevivo's attorney, Steven Boozang, declined to comment. Actress Felicity Huffman is scheduled to plead guilty in the case Monday. … [Read more...] about Third Parent Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scheme