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POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 3:22 PM
Swarthmore College. (Photo courtesy Swarthmore College Facebook page)

With a 42 percent increase in applications this year, Swarthmore officials predicted it would be harder to get in to the highly selective liberal arts college.

And it was.

The college announced on Tuesday that it has accepted 12 percent or 950 of the 7,817 students who applied; last year, 17 percent of applicants were admitted. In 2013, the college accepted 14 percent of applicants.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:18 PM

It was hard to get into Penn last year.

And it’s equally hard this year.

The university accepted 9.9 percent of applicants, the same as last year, and students will find out at 5 tonight whether they made the grade.

POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:41 PM
Stockton University wants to create a branch campus for thousands of students at the former Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. Trump Taj Mahal says it doesn't want to have college students next door potentially causing trouble with underage gambling. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

It’s been a long week for Stockton University.

On Tuesday, university president Herman Saatkamp announced that the school’s plans to convert the Showboat casino property into an “Island Campus” in Atlantic City were being blocked by Trump Entertainment Resorts, which owns the Trump Taj Mahal casino next door.

Trump will enforce a 1988 legal covenant that restricts the Showboat property to only one use: as a first-class casino-hotel. Stockton would reopen a hotel on the Showboat site, but classrooms, arts spaces, and student housing replace the casino.

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:08 PM

Sue Lehrman, the current dean of Philadelphia University’s School of Business Administration, has been named dean of Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business.

“This is such a forward-looking, dynamic institution, and it’s my goal that the business school take its place in the exciting things that are goign on, boldly step forward, engage deeply,” Lehrman said at an announcement event Thursday.

Lehrman will start a listening tour to meet with 200 people in two months. One of her first projects will be developing a strategic plan for the business school, she said, “really very quickly ramping up a plan for how we are going to take our seat at the Rowan table as it moves so dramatically.”

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:15 PM
Karen Bettez Halnon. (Photo from

The Penn State Abington professor who lit a cigarette on a plane and went on an hours-long rant about U.S.-Venezuela relations is no longer teaching, but remains employed by the university, a university spokeswoman said Thursday.

Karen Bettez Halnon, who was arrested in Miami earlier this month after ignoring pleas from a flight attendant to stop, had been teaching before the incident.

The university’s investigation into the incident is continuing, said spokeswoman Lisa Powers.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 9:59 AM

Katlyn Grasso’s parents and all-girls high school made her feel she could become a leader - and she did. But the University of Pennsylvania senior has seen many other young women afraid to raise their hand in class and wary of volunteering for leadership roles.

The 21-year-old Buffalo native has a plan to begin to change that - and Penn is going to fund it.

Grasso is among five students announced on Wednesday as the winners of the university’s first “President’s Engagement Prize.” Penn President Amy Gutmann created the new awards in August to spur students to put their talent to use on a local, national or global project to better mankind.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:06 PM
Old Main on the Penn State campus. (Mario Tama/Getty Images file photo)

In-state students at Pennsylvania State University would face no tuition increase next year if Gov. Wolf’s proposed hike in state funding passes.

Penn State President Eric Barron on Tuesday pledged the tuition freeze in remarks at the state Senate Appropriations hearing. The freeze would cover students on all Penn State campuses.

It would be the first time for a tuition freeze since 1967-68, according to the university.

POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 7:31 AM

Penn State’s board of trustees today will consider voting to raise room and board rates 3.89 percent next year, but they also may ask the administration to try and freeze tuition.

The board’s finance committee meeting in Hershey on Thursday gave a preliminary nod to the new room rates, which would have students in a standard double room with the most common meal plan, paying $5,075 per semester next year, up $190. That’s $10,150 for the full year, up $380.

At the board’s outreach, development and community relations committee later in the day, a trustee committee unanimously agreed to put forth before the full board on Friday a resolution that would urge the administration to explore the possibility of no tuition hike.

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