University of Va. axes early decision

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University of Virginia dropped early decision--and added some new evidence to the case that this will help level the admissions playing ground. Only one of the 172 freshmen who are low-income was admitted early decision last year, the school's admissions dean told the Cavalier Daily, and fewer than 20 of the 948 students admitted early last year applied for financial aid.

On the other side of the country, USC reached out to lower-income students, too. Its admission change: The school wants to increase the number of students who transfer from community colleges, the Daily Trojan reports.