Episode 23: Behind The Scenes Truths: College Admission Decisions.
Part 1 of 3.
As an admissions committee we voted with a Red, Yellow, or Green card.
That was it.
Deny, Wait List or Admit.
Majority of 2 votes would win the day.
Red – Yellow – Green.
The long winter days of January were filled with reading college applications non-stop. February will be filled with daily committees with College Admission Officers holding up Red, Yellow, or Green cards at the end of a short presentation on each applicant and each school group.
Like a scarlet letter — a big letter A – WL – or D (Accept, Wait-List, Deny) was written on the cover of each file folder, accompanied with a matching colored round dot stuck next to the applicant’s name.
THE BIG QUESTION HOWEVER — WAS THIS:
How long would that GREEN sticker (accepted) remain on that folder?
March was my least favorite month in college admissions.
I awaited, without anticipation, the number I would receive from the Assistant Director, informing me of just how many students I OVER admitted that year.
You see — for example — if Vassar’s admit rate was at 30% that year — and after my February committee meetings — I had an admit rate of 33% — that meant I had to go and find
3% of my GREENS and turn them into YELLOWs.
They would never know
But I did.
I’ll never the girl from California that I had to cut.
We had met at one of our events and I just liked her. She sent in a cute drawing of princess in a castle – or something!! She was a girlie girl, like myself, but other than me really liking her, at the end of the day I couldn’t justify keeping her as opposed to other really well qualified and compelling applicants. I had to take solace in the fact that she would land exactly where she was supposed to.
She was moved from a GREEN to a YELLOW.
UGH – breaks my heart even today.
LISTENERS!! THIS Behind-The-Scenes College Admission Truths MINI SERIES WAS THE MOST POPULAR ALL SUMMER. I don’t hold back, I give it to you straight, and at times I hesitate to tell you the truth, but I do it anyway. This series was so popular that I gave a short version in my KTLA TV interview. If you only have 5 minutes, go to https://drcynthiacolon.com/media/ to watch.
In this episode we are talking about:
The Truth About The Decisions Colleges Make
Or what we in admissions call – the art of crafting a class.
And – while you may not want to know — I’m going to tell you what I do know and I believe you should too.
When it comes to College Admissions, what does go into crafting a class? What does that even mean?
As you consider your own college application, you may ask, “What goes into the decision making process for each college?”
Here is a list of some of the pieces that colleges consider when making a decision of accept, wait-list, or deny.
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