UF Admissions Changes Could Spell Trouble for Florida Students

What might appear like a mere administrative change to the University of Florida’s admissions process may significantly affect enrollment at the state’s flagship school. UF has announced that it will only accept the new application from the Coalition for Access and Affordability. Why change from a Florida-specific application to a universal form? This is a strategy based upon rankings and reputation. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UF in a tie for #14 among public universities. The school would surely like to move into the top ten, which would put it in the same category as more-heralded schools like UC Berkeley, UCLA, Virginia and Michigan. These lists are generated from algorithms

Ivy League Schools Are Not All the Same

Every April, the media celebrates the novelty of those rare students who gain offers of admission to every Ivy League institution. As a result, most students and families assume that by applying broadly, they will improve their overall odds of attending one of the best colleges. It doesn’t work that way. Students who view elite schools as interchangeable suffer from flawed assumptions. Technically, the Ivy League is merely an athletic conference of eight colleges: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. Although all of these schools have well-deserved reputations for academic excellence, they are dissimilar. Each school has a differe

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