Evidence from the Admissions Research Consortium (ARC)
The Admissions Research Consortium (ARC) aims to help colleges understand how the impacts of the pandemic are shaping their incoming classes, and how these impacts might continue to affect college performance outcomes in the future. ARC is a multiyear, collaborative research initiative with 80 participating colleges and associations, including the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), and College Board. ARC is also guided by a Research Advisory Committee composed of academic and institutional researchers.
The Pandemic’s Impact on Applications, Admissions, Enrollment, and College Outcomes: Summary of Findings from ARC and Implications for Policy and Practice
The pandemic upended the college-going process for students and, as a result, institutions were forced to make admissions decisions with different, and often less, information than they’ve historically relied upon. Many institutions implemented test-optional policies for the first time. Summary findings from the Admissions Research Consortium detail patterns related to who applied, who enrolled, how these students performed in their first year of college, and how these results inform admissions policies over the long term. Learn about how students are making score disclosure decisions, how consortium institutions are supporting their students, and why over half of institutions are now requesting or requiring test scores be submitted at the time of enrollment.
Updated Evidence on Changes in College Applications, Admissions, and Enrollments (Fall 2022)
This research brief provides updated evidence from ARC on fall 2022 applications, admissions, and enrollment trends as well as new evidence on students’ test score disclosure decisions.
College Outcomes Following Pandemic-Induced Changes in College Admissions Policies
This research brief presents initial evidence from ARC on first-year college grades, credit accumulation, and retention in the second year for fall 2021 first-year enrollees compared to prior cohorts of first-year students at ARC institutions.
New Evidence on Recent Changes in College Applications, Admissions, and Enrollments (Fall 2021)
This research brief presents initial evidence from ARC on changes in application, admissions, and enrollment trends in the fall 2021 college application cycle compared to prior years, and evidence on applicants’ decisions about whether or not to submit their test scores.
Enrollment Leaders’ Insights on Admissions Policy and Practice
Enrollment leaders and researchers were surveyed as part of College Board’s Admissions Research Consortium. Leaders report that they remain committed to clearly communicating current policies to prospective students, giving applicants every opportunity to demonstrate their strengths when applying for admission, and helping students succeed once enrolled. This brief explores these responses in order to help bring further clarity to enrollment strategies and planning as the field looks forward toward the future of admissions policy and practice.