Eliminating legacy admissions at "elite" colleges sounds like a noble thing but is also short-sighted and more in the realm of virtue signaling than anything else. It assumes that all legacies are admitted automatically because they're legacies, which is untrue. It assumes that legacy applicants are all wealthy white kids, which is problematic. It also … Continue reading My Short Reaction to the Legacy Admission Issue
Eliminating "legacy preferences" in college admission is harder than it seems.
Thousands of talented and ambitious students are futilely throwing themselves at high status, low admit rate colleges. Although they have virtually no chance of admission, the pull of status is stronger than logic. This situation leads to overwork, stress, and the ultimate letdown of rejection, despite the fact that there are many great colleges that … Continue reading The Charge of the Bright Brigade
Most of the time, college counselors are seen as ardent supporters of their students during the college process. Whether it's helping create college lists, going over procedures, checking up on deadlines, or writing recommendations, we are in students' corners as they pursue their post-secondary aspirations. At times, we even go to bat for them regarding admission decisions … Continue reading College Counselors as Advocates: A New Dynamic
I attended a webinar the other night sponsored by the International Association for College Admission Counseling. Its topic was the Coalition for Access, Blah, Blah, Blah's new application and locker system that will supposedly create a Yellow Brick Road straight to the Emerald City of college admission for all the Dorothys, Scarecrows, Tin Men, and … Continue reading Waiting for Godot on the Yellow Brick Road