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How a Cornell student group sparked debate over who qualifies as an 'underrepresented black student'

(10/21/17 2:27am)

Black Students United, a student group at Cornell University, prompted public debate last month after releasing a statement arguing that the definition of “underrepresented black students” should apply only to those whose families have been in the United States for more than two generations. It also argued that the black student population at Cornell disproportionately represented African and Caribbean international students.

UPDATE: Penn announces a 'campus conversation' to discuss tragedies on campus and across the nation

(10/17/17 10:10pm)

In a surprising email announcement, Penn administrators said they are organizing a University-wide "Campus Conversation" to discuss "what we can do, individually and collectively, to take care of ourselves and others and to foster individual and community resilience."

The Common App has been accused of running a 'collusive cartel' in the admissions industry

(10/15/17 10:46pm)

Nonprofit educational organizations are not typically associated with antitrust lawsuits, but The Common Application — a nonprofit member-based organization “committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process" — has been embroiled in a costly legal battle for the past three years.

Penn alumna fired after saying she was unsympathetic to the Las Vegas shooting victims

(10/08/17 9:23pm)

A Penn alumna has been fired from her post as vice president and senior counsel of CBS after posting a controversial Facebook post about the victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, according to The Washington Post.

Penn welcomes the Coalition App — an admissions platform designed to increase accessibility

(10/02/17 1:24am)

Almost all current Penn students were admitted through The Common Application, an organization used by 731 colleges that offers a method for students to apply to multiple universities using one application. In the past, students could gain admission to Penn only through the Common App or, for a select few, through the QuestBridge National College Match program. For the first time, however, the Class of 2022 will also have the option of applying through a new service: the Coalition Application.