What’s new in College Kickstart - August 4, 2017

This release incorporates several major updates to our admissions database:

  • 2017-18 admission requirements.  With few exceptions, all application requirements have been updated for the 2017-18 admission cycle.  This includes standardized testing policies, recommendation requirements, interview policies and essay counts/sizing. As always, direct links are provided to college websites for definitive answers. Note that there are still approximately 20 schools we cover that aren't yet live on the Common App—including Princeton, UMass Amherst, Williams and Yale.  We'll update these in the coming days/weeks as they come online.  When the "Season" field in the Requirements View changes from 2016-17 to 2017-18 you'll be ready to go.


  • Updated 2017-18 admission plans.  We've also updated our database to incorporate admission plan changes introduces for 2017-18.  Approximately 15-20 schools in our coverage universe have introduced changes, including Northeastern (new ED2 and later notification on EA), the University of Richmond (new EA1 option) and Villanova (new ED1 option). Check out our recent blog post for the latest findings.
  • Class of 2021 admission rates.  Finally, Class of 2021 admission rates have been incorporated for colleges where credible and complete information has been reported.  Keep an eye out for schools with notable changes like Emory (22% vs 25% last year), Tulane (21% vs 26%) and Wellesley (21% vs 29%). Because they've crossed the 25% admit rate boundary that separates "very selective" and "selective" institutions, these schools may change from targets to reaches for you or some of your students. 

To see how these changes affect your plan, please clear your browser cache and rerun College Kickstart. 

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