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MarketWatch: 'The popularity of early admissions plans is usually a surprise to Boomer and Gen X parents who attended college when maybe 10% to 15% of incoming classes came in via early decision, and they were usually the academic crème de la crème, says Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review ... However, he notes that it is not unusual, certainly for Ivy League and many, many competitive schools across the country, to admit a significant percentage of their class early decision or early action, 30%, 35%, 40% or more.”


"Colleges love these plans because they make it easier for admissions offices to fill classrooms and dorms with paying customers. They also boost colleges’ all-important 'yield metric'—the percentage of admitted students who agree to matriculate ... That may be why colleges have added Early Decision 2, which follows the first round. Students who didn’t get into their favorite college under ED1 can apply to their second-choice school in ED2, which has a deadline in January."


"Traditionally students who applied for early decision came from wealthier families, because the colleges made their financial aid determinations when they sent out regular admissions acceptances and those who got in early were stuck with what the schools offered. Now, said Franek, colleges accept financial aid applications as early as October, which means that when students get early acceptances some time in December, they get their financial aid packages as well."

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“The best essays are the ones where we don’t just want to admit the student, we want to take them out for coffee once they’re here. We’re not admitting academic machines—we’re admitting classmates and roommates and kids who will make thoughtful contributions to our community.” -- Macy Lenox, associate dean of admissions, University of Virginia

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Elon News Network: "The Phoenix, whose identity remains a secret to the Elon community, serves as Elon University’s mascot. While The Phoenix wishes it could be in pictures with the community and attending sporting events alongside every Elon University student right now, it is still keeping busy ... Normally, The Phoenix would be attending sports games, visiting elementary schools, going to alumni events and anything else that involves spirit at Elon. However, with physical distancing guidelines preventing The Phoenix from attending in-person events, it needed to find other ways to be seen by students."


“I’m basically a giant hype man, so anything involving school spirit and promoting Elon in the community they will most likely send me to,” The Phoenix said.


"The Phoenix has been dropping in on Zoom classes and attending virtual town halls so that the Elon community can still see their symbol of spirit. It can also be seen around campus on many signs and posters where it is demonstrating how to properly wear a mask and abiding by physical distancing guidelines ... The Phoenix’s suit is also washed and dry cleaned regularly, the inside and the helmet piece is constantly wiped down and washing hands is a must."

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