December Admissions News

By Michaela December 9, 2021 Newsletter

The December 1 deadline was just as busy for Moon Prep students as the November 1 deadline this year, it seemed. The Regular Decision application deadlines are just around the corner. The good news is that the first college acceptances and interview invitations are within sight. 

As seniors begin finalizing their Regular Decision college list for January applications, check out our latest blog post, Universities That Do Not Require Supplemental Essays. This might be an easy way to add a few more schools to your list.

Beyond Regular Decision applications, the seniors at Moon Prep are deep into interview prep at this point in the cycle. Between preparing for alumni interviews, Honors College interviews, and the first BS/MD interview requests, “interview month” has arrived in full force. If interviews have you worried, schedule a free call with Moon Prep to see how we can help you prepare for both traditional and MMI interviews. 


Admissions News

Will Your Major Pay Off? 

Many seniors are still struggling to select a major. If you find yourself in this boat, why not choose a highly lucrative major? Fastweb compiled a list of the 10 College Majors With The Highest Salaries For Graduates. Among the list are Chemical Engineering, as well as Statistics and Information Science. It looks like excelling in math can really pay off!


Study The Admissions Data

Coming from the record lows seen by college admissions officers before COVID, the early numbers released by the Common Application for this year have Admissions Directors feeling excited about their enrollment numbers. With an increase of 22% in applications since 2020, this upward trend is reversing the previous decline in applications of 6.5%. Interestingly enough, public institutions are seeing a greater rise than private colleges, a difference of 13%. International student applications are also on the rise, recuperating by 40% since 2020.


Spend Your Summer In Research

Research Science Institute (RSI) recently opened their applications for their 2022 summer science and engineering program. Held at MIT, this program typically accepts 80 scholars. Want more information on this prestigious program? Read the complete interview with their executives here.


Permanent Test-Optional Policies 

One question we are often asked is the merit of applying test-optional. This year, the number of colleges that require test submission plummeted to 5%. While these submission requirements dropped to a new historic low, the number of applicants who submitted scores has actually increased from last year by 4%. Review the data yourself, and stay tuned for more analysis as the year progresses.


December 9 at 8:00 PM EST: Ask Me Anything

Moon Prep will be hosting a live Q&A session to answer many of your questions about the college application process. We will be covering everything, including:

  • How to strategize for Regular Decision applications
  • What are alumni interviews all about?
  • How to find reliable interview prep sources
  • What to do if your top school has waitlisted you 

Most of the webinar will be dedicated to answering questions from our participants. Come prepared with your questions or email them to use beforehand! You’ll get to ask an experienced counselor who can provide expert guidance.

Register Here


January 20 at 8:00 PM EST: Interview and MMI Prep for BS/MD Candidates

Direct medical programs—also known as BS/MD, BA/MD, BS/DO, or BA/DO—are some of the most competitive programs in the college admission process, with some programs only accepting six applicants a year. The journey to acceptance includes supplemental applications, interviews, and significant preparation.

In this webinar, we will cover everything you need to know about BS/MD interviews, including:

  • MMI format interviews
  • Where to find the best interview prep resources
  • Interview tips for every type of interview 
  • Questions and feedback from previous admissions cycles

Ask questions and get advice from the experienced college counselors at Moon Prep, because we live and breathe BS/MD tips and tricks.


Thursday, January 20, 8:00 PM ET

Register Here


At this point in the college admissions cycle, seniors often turn their attention to ways to pay for college. While some students research student loan interest rates, others seek out scholarships. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Explore all of our scholarship and financial aid tips by watching the replay of our latest webinar, Top Tips For Getting Higher Financial Aid.   

Science Ambassador Scholarship due December 13, 1 full-tuition award

Attention, women in STEM! Applicants must film a three–minute video of yourself describing a STEM topic you are passionate about, lecture-style. Apply here.

In The Media

Check out our recent articles and places our counselors have been quoted:

Forbes: How Can I Find A Mentorship In My Field As A Recent Graduate?

Apple News: Three Ways You Can Stand Out When Applying To Colleges

Forbes: How To Land A Spot At One Of These Tuition-Free Medical Schools

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