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|February 13, 2017||Admissions opens at noon PST.|
|March 6, 2017||Admissions closes. All applications submitted by 5 pm PST will be considered and you will hear back from Ada regarding your application by April 21, 2017.|
|March - April 2017||If you are invited for Phase 2 and Phase 3, interviews will occur from March through April. Final acceptance notifications will be sent within 3 weeks of your Phase 3 interview.|
|July 2017||Jumpstart live sessions for admitted students begins.|
|August 2017||Class instruction begins.|
For this portion of the application, you will answer 4 short essay questions about yourself.
For this portion of the application, you will analyze some raw, publicly-available data.
The two datasets that you will need to analyze come from the Federal Student Aid office's Title IV Program Volume Reports. Specifically, you will examine the Loan Volume from the Direct Loan Program from the first quarter of academic years 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.
Both datasets, in CSV format, along with a README file that includes definitions for each field can be downloaded from our Dropbox.
To open these files you are welcome to use Excel, the free alternative LibreOffice, or any other program that opens CSV files. Cloud-based tools may not work well for moderately large files like these. If you cannot open the file on your computer, you should try a local public library. If you have exhausted all options, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three questions related to the above datasets, in order of increasing complexity and ambiguity. For each of the three questions you will need to provide both your answer and an explanation of your process, assumptions, choices, and reasoning.
The first two questions both have a few specific answers that we are checking for, however not giving one of those answers does not disqualify your application. The final question is more ambiguous and we are looking for a logical argument to support your answer rather than a particular response.
The first two answers should be provided in numerical form and the final answer should be selected from the set of provided responses. For all questions we ask that you keep your explanation concise (under 700 words) as our reviewers have a large number applications to process.
Before beginning to work on any of the following questions first exclude all rows where:
Consider all of the schools that disbursed a total of more than $25,000,000 in loans during a single quarter. How many more schools met this criteria in 2015 than in 2010?
For each state calculate the number of recipients for undergraduate student loans at non-public institutions in 2015. What was the largest difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans in a single state?
Compare HBCUs established prior to the Reconstruction Era and those established during Reconstruction. Which group had the largest change in number of loan recipients between 2010 and 2015?