Admissions Abridged

July 18, 2018

My very first job in admissions was while I was still an undergraduate myself as a tour guide.  Very early on they indoctrinated us with some tricks of the trade.  It’s a dining hall, not a cafeteria.  A residence hall, not a dorm.  If you have to divulge some negative bit of information, sandwich ...

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Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What ...

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It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, ...

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 My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was ...

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Think about the impossibility of the task we lay in front of high school students.  In addition to getting good grades, filling up a resume, finding the right colleges and writing countless admissions essays they also need to decide on their life’s passion at 17 years old...or do they? As a ...

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Rewind to August.  The car was anxiously packed, summer reading was done (does the movie count?), and it was time to start the journey to campus.  There had been so much anticipation for this moment and you excitedly thought about what your first few days on campus would be like.  Maybe they were ...

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Each year there seems to be more schools relying on self-reported test scores and transcripts on their applications.  While they may, in the long run, streamline the application process I’ve seen them cause a good amount of stress during this already stressful process.  Should an optional test ...

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I don’t think there’s a student out there enjoying the standardized testing experience.  Likewise, I’ve never met either a high school or college professional that thinks the tests are particularly wonderful or feel very confident that they are strong indicators of student success.  If all that is ...

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Who wouldn’t be completely at ease with a 25-year-old performing their open-heart surgery? Joking aside, many students and parents are attracted to accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree programs.  While some of the most common exist in the realms of medicine, engineering, and business, more and ...

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Ah, the always tricky student resume.  The part of college applications that make students question whether their innate interests are worthwhile.  I get endless questions about not only how to design a student resume but more specifically what activities students should be sure are on there.  It ...

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