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Attention Helicopter Parents

Next month, thousands of college freshmen will be heading off for school and venturing out on their own for the very first time. But if the college admissions process is any indication, it may be all they can do to make sure their parents stay […]

SU Makes Test-Optional Policy Permanent

It’s been five years since Salisbury University in Maryland first announced it was making the SAT and ACT optional for applicants who had a 3.5 GPA in high school. Back when the policy was introduced, it was considered an experiment of sorts. This month, the university decided […]

Time to Start a New Conversation

It’s been almost exactly two years since we started a national conversation on Rethinking Admissions. We began by hosting an interdisciplinary conference on the Wake Forest campus and inviting experts from around the country to come and share their ideas on how to improve on […]

Pets Have Feelings Too…Or Do They?

Sure, we know the college admissions process is stressful. After all, everyone would agree that it’s not easy filling out applications, writing essays, going on interviews, and working out finances. Then, there’s the waiting, which is always the hardest part. But have you considered how […]

College Hopes and Worries

This is the week that many high school seniors have both longed for and dreaded. Notification letters are going out from colleges and universities all over the country. Many of us can guess how applicants are feeling just about now. But the Princeton Review decided […]

DePaul Goes Test-Optional

DePaul University in Chicago became the largest private non-profit university to go test-optional when it announced that applicants for the 2012 freshman class will no longer be required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their application. DePaul joins a growing number of […]


On April 15 and 16, 2009, Wake Forest University hosted top admissions officers and leading researchers from Berkeley, Duke, Harvard, Ohio State, Princeton, Texas, Virginia, Yale and other universities along with the director of data research for U.S. News & World Report for the Rethinking Admissions conference.