"Imagine yourself on the other side of the college admissions desk.
It’s not so glorious, apparently. At the very least, you need to be thick-skinned and good-natured.
Joseph Connolly, a guidance counselor at New Oxford High School in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, wanted to know the pet peeves of admissions officers. He sent out a request to members of the National Association for College Admissions Counselors and was deluged with responses. Apparently, college admissions officers were waiting for an opportunity to unload their hidden humor and their frustrations.
The responses fall into several areas:" ...
"With the college admission spotlight almost exclusively focused on the field's heavy hitters (we know who they are), it can seem that college admission is nearly impossible for anyone. Even students with good grades, plenty of AP and honors courses, high testing and plenty of substantial activities can find themselves relegated to the pile of what I used to call the 'merely wonderful.' Shiny as a new penny, these applicants still couldn't break into the upper echelons of collegiate status-ville.
Surprisingly, perhaps, no serious harm usually ensues after those rejections. Students found themselves comfortably ensconced at schools with less lustrous names or perhaps rejected at one big name while being accepted at another." ...
"Carnegie Mellon University’s first-year class of 2021+ has a majority of women for the first time in the University’s history, marking another milestone among the top universities that are bridging the gender and minority gaps in certain fields. 51 percent of the class of 2021+ are women, and specifically the proportion of women in Carnegie Mellon’s six undergraduate colleges continues to increase.
Interim president Farnam Jahanian, interim provost Laurie Weingart, and Dean of Admissions Michael Steidel suggest that Carnegie Mellon’s progress in attracting more women in the last few years is the result of strategic academic and professional planning within each college, as well as the whole university’s endeavor to prioritize building a sense of community based on diversity and inclusion." ...
"This past summer, The Princeton Review - a test-prep and college admissions services company - conducted an analysis and ranking of the eco-friendliness of 629 schools.
Results are based on schools' self-reported sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs; as well as student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus, administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts, and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.
This year's 'greenest' schools are ..." ...
"The beauty of law is that it is a career path open to all undergraduate fields of study. Unlike medical school where you need to satisfy certain prerequisite classes or business school where you must demonstrate relevant postgraduate experience, the only criteria for applying to the majority of law schools is a bachelor's degree and a strong LSAT score.
Law schools that have started accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT credit their decision, in part, to wanting to attract more science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – majors to diversify the legal field.
Here's how four different categories of undergraduate study give you essential lawyering skills and ways to draw that out in your law school applications." ...