FANWOOD, NJ -- With the focus on numbers, do intangibles count in college admissions?

Collegewise, the nation’s largest college admissions counseling organization, hosted a virtual panel on the topic of character in the admissions process. Panelists in the virtual presentation included:

  • Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School
  • Arun Ponnusamy, Chief Academic Officer at Collegewise; 
  • Jonathan Williams, Assistant VP of Admissions, NYU; and
  • Bob Massa, Chair of Character Collaborative.

The experts explained that colleges consider more than the number of AP classes a student has taken in high school. They consider intellectual curiosity and love of learning, creative problem-solving, risk-taking, potential contributions to campus life, and character. 

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"The more selective the college, the more important character traits are in the admissions process," Bob Massa, Chair of Character Collaborative, said. "Honesty, integrity, caring about others, are elements that colleges will look for as it relates to their mission statement. Read their mission statement. What are they really about?"

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