College News Weekly: Never too Early to Start Volunteering

college news weeklyOur weekly round-up of college news, admissions updates, and education trends:

It’s never too early to start thinking about volunteering, for personal achievement and for college applications. Teen Life Media explains the benefits of starting community work in middle school.

Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan, explains why USC doesn’t have Early Decision or Early Action. On the USC Undergraduate Admissions blog.

Early decision acceptance rates have dropped, and more schools are using wait lists. Community service is a great way to bulk up your profile, but class rank has decreased in meaning. More trends in college admissions on College Admissions Estimator.

High school JUNIORS – have you thought about your letter of recommendations? Here are some simple steps to receive the best possible letter of recommendation for your college app. From UNC Admissions.

Authenticity is key to a successful college essay. Jaime Morgan, current student at Tufts, talks about how she wrote the essay that got her into Tufts. On Tufts Inside Admissions.

Just because you’re deferred, doesn’t mean it’s over! If you didn’t quite get the Early Decision results you wanted, don’t give up yet! Here are the next steps if you got deferred. On MIT Admissions Blog.

Earlier this week, we talked about how it’s harder for Asian students to get into Harvard. Now, we’re looking at how studying in the U.S. challenges international students, especially Asians. From U.S. News and Education.

Congratulations to all our Early Decision Applicants! Special shout-out to Riane, who was admitted to William and Mary early decision!

Why it’s Harder for Asians to Get into Harvard College