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Yale Reverses Course, Will Require Standardized Tests

It joins Dartmouth in the Ivy League in again focusing on tests such as the SAT and ACT

(Newser) - First, Dartmouth. Now, Yale. The latter has become the second Ivy League institution to reverse course and require standardized testing for incoming students, reports the New York Times . Both were among schools that ditched SAT and ACT requirements during the pandemic. Yale will allow students to submit scores from the...

Gay, Critics Concur: Harvard Hubbub Isn't Just About Her

In 'NYT' op-ed, Gay notes there's a 'broader war to unravel public faith in pillars of American society'

(Newser) - This week, Claudine Gay made the "wrenching but necessary decision" to step down as president of Harvard University, amid backlash on her testimony about antisemitism on campus, as well as accusations of plagiarism . But while she's lost her plum position as the head of an elite Ivy League...

Harvard President Comes Under Fire Again

This time for allegations of plagiarism as House committee investigates Claudine Gay

(Newser) - Harvard President Claudine Gay, lately facing backlash for her congressional testimony addressing antisemitism on campus, is now accused of plagiarism. A CNN investigation found what it says are clear examples of plagiarism in academic papers she has written, including as a PhD candidate at Harvard in the 1990s. "Gay...

Stefanik's GOP Clout Rises After Ivy League Resignation
'2 to Go:'
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'2 to Go:' Ivy League Scrutiny Isn't Over

GOP's Elise Stefanik celebrates Penn resignation as House looks into antisemitism policies

(Newser) - "One down. Two to go." Those were the celebratory words of GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik over the weekend after University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned . Stefanik separately told the New York Sun in an interview that she expects Harvard President Claudine Gay and MIT President Sally Kornbluth...

After U Penn Chief's Remarks, $100M Donation Is Withdrawn
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U Penn President Steps Down After Outcry

Elizabeth Magill, whose answers on antisemitism sparked a backlash, will remain on the faculty

(Newser) - This file has been updated with Scott Bok's resignation. Elizabeth Magill, the University of Pennsylvania president who had been pressured to resign since her congressional testimony this week about antisemitism on campus, said Saturday that she's stepping down. She will remain a tenured law faculty member, the Daily ...

DOE Looking Into How Harvard Admits Students

Harvard's legacy, donor admissions in the spotlight after SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action

(Newser) - A landmark ruling last month by the US Supreme Court struck a blow against using affirmative action in college admissions, and soon after that decision, murmurs began intensifying on an adjacent controversy—legacy and donor admissions. Now, one of the Ivy Leagues is under the microscope over the practice: The...

Columbia University Makes a Big Move on the SATs

Ivy League school announces it's keeping its test-optional policy without time limits for admissions

(Newser) - During the peak of the pandemic, many schools around the nation, including Ivy Leagues, suspended their requirements that applicants submit SAT and ACT scores to be considered for admission. Now, one Ivy League might be making that move permanent. NBC New York reports that Manhattan's Columbia University is now...

Columbia Falls Hard Amid 'Shoddy' Rankings Controversy

Ivy League school drops from No. 2 to No. 18 on 'US News' list that critics say is easily manipulated

(Newser) - US News & World Report's annual college rankings dropped on Monday, and one university in particular dropped significantly: New York City's Columbia, which fell from the No. 2 spot it held last year to No. 18—back to a spot it hadn't seen in more than 30...

Here Are the Best, Worst Colleges for Free Speech

Per Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, 3 Ivy League schools are in bottom 10

(Newser) - Students usually head off to college excited to open their minds, on campuses where academic freedom is said to be valued and the exchange of ideas paramount. However, per Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, free speech "has gotten far worse in the last...

Ivy League Drops the Hammer on All Sports

Now, what about other Division I conferences?

(Newser) - The Ivy League has scrapped all its sports until at least January—a move that throws Division I college football into question with preseason games only weeks away, CBS Sports reports. Ivy League presidents said Wednesday that due to "the continued spread of the virus," they couldn't...

Ivy League Dorm to Stop Skinning, Roasting Goat

Harvard is ending decades-old tradition over health concerns, student discomfort

(Newser) - A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard, per the AP . The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that Dunster House Faculty Deans Cheryl Chen and Sean Kelly informed students of the decision in an email last week, citing student...

He Got Full Rides to 20 Schools. TV Anchors Called It 'Ridiculous'

Some say DC journos were racially motivated in remarks about Michael Brown

(Newser) - One might think a high school senior called the "best thing in Texas" by Texas Monthly , and who got accepted to 20 colleges —some of which were Ivy Leagues, and all of which offered him a full ride with grants and scholarships—would receive universal praise in the...

College Paper Busts Open Story on Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Dartmouth has placed 3 psych professors on paid leave

(Newser) - Three Ivy League professors are on paid leave while multiple New Hampshire law-enforcement agencies investigate "serious" allegations of sexual misconduct against them, the Boston Globe reports. According to the New York Times , the professors are Bill Kelley, Todd Heatherton, and Paul Whalen of Dartmouth College's Department of Psychological...

New College Rankings, With Emphasis on Value

MIT tops the Ivies in new WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - What college provides the best bang for the buck? It may be a subjective question, but WalletHub crunches data on everything from tuition and student-faculty ratio to student debt and graduates' salaries at nearly 1,000 colleges and universities for its new ranking. The Ivy League is well represented in...

Teen's Prom Date? Her Harvard Acceptance Letter

Twitter goes nuts

(Newser) - Sometimes a sense of humor goes a long way. When Minnesota high school senior Priscilla Samey found herself without a prom date, she decided that instead of sulking she would just take her Harvard acceptance letter to the dance. The daughter of Togolese immigrants says she got the idea from...

Top Universities Accept All 4 Ohio Quadruplets

Harvard, Yale both want the 'Fantastic Four'

(Newser) - Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation's top universities, including both Yale and Harvard. The Wade brothers of the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township say they have been notified in recent days of acceptances from a number of notable schools. Lakota East...

Every Single School in the Ivy League Wants This Girl

Ifeoma White-Thorpe wants to study biology, but says her poetry got her in

(Newser) - Ifeoma White-Thorpe is going places. Two years ago, the New Jersey teen won the grand prize in the National Liberty Museum Selma Speech and Essay Contest (watch her recite it on YouTube ), she's aced all of her AP classes, she's president of her high school's student...

Student Caught in Ivy League Admissions Lie

She had become a sensation in South Korea media as 'Genius Girl'

(Newser) - An Ivy League hoax has unraveled, one that illustrates South Korea's "twisted obsession with degrees," in the words of AsiaOne . It involves a teenage girl at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, one of the nation's top high schools—the kind...

Chicago Valedictorian Gets Into 26 Colleges

Arianna Alexander settles on the University of Pennsylvania

(Newser) - For many high school students, deciding on a college comes down to one or two schools. For Arianna Alexander of Chicago, it came down to more than two dozen—including most of the Ivy League. Chicago's WLS-TV reports that after being accepted to 26 schools (including six Ivies), the...

Ivy Applicants Coached to Be 'Less Asian'

Coaches help applicants beat 'bamboo ceiling' and get into elite colleges

(Newser) - Asian-American groups recently filed a federal complaint against Harvard, claiming the university holds Asian applicants to higher standards. But while that complaint is pending, the Boston Globe reports that breaking the "bamboo ceiling" is a thriving business, with coaches often advising applicants to appear, well … "less Asian,...

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