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U.S. Department of Education ends inquiry into Harvard admissions

The U.S. Department of Education has closed its investigation into alleged discrimination against Asian Americans in Harvard’s admissions policies following the withdrawal of the initial complaint, according to a department spokesperson.

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Study finds law schools look at social networking sites when evaluating applicants more often than other graduate schools

Law schools may be looking at applicants’ Facebook pages more often than other admissions offices, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of college admissions officers. The study, released Oct. 24, surveyed undergraduate, business school and law school admissions officers from 359 different schools by phone during the summer.

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LGBT status acknowledged on college applications

LGBT status acknowledged on college applications

“Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?” Elmhurst College, a private four-year institution in Illinois, made national headlines after including that question on its application this fall.

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USC welcomes most non-US freshman class

The fall 2011 freshman class will be the most international in the university’s history and for the first time under half the class is from California. Director of Admission Kirk Brennan attributed the increase in international students to more students’ applications and more students’ intent to come. He said admissions received approximately 4,400 international applications this year, compared to 3,500 last year. “There’s a trend nationally for international students to be coming to the U.S.,” Brennan said. “We offer a unique set of programs that attract international [students] and have been known to enroll international students at high levels for a long time.”

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Harvard class of 2011 includes first Wampanoag Indian graduate since 1665

When Tiffany L. Smalley ’11 receives her diploma at the Commencement ceremony on May 26, she will become the first Wampanoag Indian to graduate from Harvard College since 1665. During her four years at Harvard, Smalley, a government concentrator with a secondary in ethnic studies, was active in raising awareness of the Native American culture on campus.

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Social networking sites an asset to college admissions officers

Teresa Rudd wasn’t sure whether she wanted to attend NYU, but logging on to Facebook helped make her decision a little bit easier. “Social media helped attract me to NYU a little because talking to other people who were applying or people who were already at NYU made me more sure that it was where I wanted to go,” the incoming Steinhardt freshman said.

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Oregon House bill requires high schoolers to plot course for future

A bill passed by the state House of Representatives could keep Oregon’s high school students from obtaining diplomas unless they can demonstrate a clear intention to seek future education or job opportunities. House Bill 2732, which garnered House approval Monday, requires high school students to show proof of application to college, the U.S. armed forces or into an apprenticeship program in order to be eligible for a diploma.

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Column: The Poison Ivy League

The problem with the Ivy League — and believe it or not, there are problems with it — is that graduating with a bachelor’s degree also comes with a smug sense of success. It makes us believe that gaining entrance into the Ivy League is an accomplishment unto itself.

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Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten raises out-of-state interest

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln hasn’t joined the Big Ten Conference yet, but the move is already sending ripples through the country, with UNL becoming more attractive than ever to out-of-state high school students.

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Colleges implement need-aware admissions policies

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that many colleges facing financial trouble are coping by creating more need-aware admissions policies. Larger private universities like Yale and Stanford have readjusted their financial algorithms to get wealthier families (incomes of $120,000 to 140,000) to pay a larger percentage of the tuition out of their own pockets.

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