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UCs must go test-blind, Alameda judge rules

SAT and ACT prep books lie on a shelf. A judge in Alameda County ruled that the University of California must immediately cease considering SAT and ACT scores in admissions and scholarship decisions.

by Arushi Saxena and Aditya Singhvi

September 4, 2020

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled in a preliminary injunction on Sept. 1 that the University of California system must immediately bar all use of SAT and ACT test scores for scholarship and admissions decisions.  “The current Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in restrictions on the availabi...

“A pretty big domino to fall”: UC schools to eliminate SAT and ACT testing consideration by 2025

In a landmark decision, University of California announced on Thursday their plans to completely eliminate the influence of the SAT and ACT on their admissions process by 2025.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor

May 23, 2020

The University of California (UC) Board of Regents unanimously decided on Thursday to take measures to eliminate consideration of SAT and ACT test scores by 2025 to reduce inequity in college admissions, according to a UC press statement. Like over a thousand other schools, the UC system had already made the admissions process for the class of 2021 test-optional in response to the coronavirus pandemic h...

Senior spring online: making the most out of virtual college visits

Boston University is one of several colleges offering extensive online resources for prospective and admitted students.  These involve interactive video chats through Zoom or other platforms that involve Q&A sessions.

by Gloria Zhang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2020

Congratulations! *Cue the confetti* After months of waiting for “an update to your application status”, seniors, we finally reached the moment to embark on our college adventure. Yet, instead of spending our spring break with air travel or road trips on the way to admit weekends, we have inst...

Colleges cancel classes and international travel to minimize risk of coronavirus

Columbia University last February. Columbia is one of several schools that has decided to cancel its admissions events as a part of new procedures that have emerged after the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.

by Varsha Rammohan, Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

As more information is released about the closure of universities and colleges around the United States, this article will be updated with the latest news. Check Harker Aquila for continuous coverage. This article was last updated on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. As the United States sees more cases of...

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in affirmative action battle

In the verdict of a lawsuit claiming that Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants, the judge in the trial ruled on Oct. 1 in favor of Harvard’s admissions practices and defended the use of race-conscious admissions in ensuring diversity on college campuses.

by Eric Fang and Sara Yen

October 21, 2019

In the midst of college application season, the results of a lawsuit claiming that Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants have sparked conversation among upper school students, a majority of whom are Asian American. The judge in the trial, Allison Burroughs, ruled on Oct. 1 in fa...

Editorial: Scandal reveals flaws in admissions process

Editorial: Scandal reveals flaws in admissions process

April 25, 2019

Last month, federal prosecutors charged over fifty people for their involvement in a college admissions scandal in which, among other illegal practices, parents of college applicants allegedly paid large sums of money to falsify standardized test results or have their children recruited for sports t...

Justice Department indicts fifty people in nationwide college admissions bribery scandal

Justice Department indicts fifty people in nationwide college admissions bribery scandal

by Kathy Fang, Nicole Chen, and Arushi Saxena

March 13, 2019

The Justice Department indicted fifty people yesterday for involvement in a nationwide conspiracy to commit fraud in order to secure spots at elite universities as recruited athletes and to falsify college entrance test exam scores, according to documents released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office...

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