This month, I have rounded up college admissions articles worth reading.
The college admissions scandal is absurd.
In The Atlantic, writer Alia Wong says, “fraud and bribery are shocking, yes. But fraud and bribery’s lawful cousins—legacy preferences, athletic recruitment, and other admissions practices that lower the bar for progeny of the rich and famous—are ubiquitous.” Wong shares what many of my college admissions colleagues and I already know: the admissions process favors wealthy students, those who have extraordinary athletic ability or are famous. Just take a look at the economic demographics of the country’s top 50 schools. Income-wise, you’ll find more students from the top 1% than the bottom 10%. Say, for instance, if a parent has the means to invest $10,000 in their child every year, from kindergarten until 12th grade. They pay for private tutoring, coaching, music lessons, sports teams, and so on. As a result, their students are further ahead in making an impression on admissions officers. What’s strange is that the parents implicated were already favored in the college admissions process by being famous and wealthy. Why they resulted to bribery — doesn’t make any sense.
The NYC high school admissions process is broken.
Stuyvesant High School admitted only seven black students into next year’s incoming class. In Vox, public school teacher Jose Vilson argues that segregation in NYC public schools has reached an all-time high. A primary culprit in perpetuating institutional racism in the City’s public schools is the Specialized High School Admission Test, the only deciding factor in where a student attends high school. There are 4,798 slots available at the City’s top specialized high schools. Only 190 or 3% were filled by black students, while 25% attend city schools.
Focus on college graduation rates.
In spite of the hysteria generated by the college admissions scandal, most schools are within reach for the majority of the nation’s high school students. A classic move, the media has sensationalized the scandal so that we’re so focused on reforming a system that impacts a small portion of students. As the New Yorker’s Lehman writes, “No change in whom the most selective colleges admit would have a fraction of the good effect on the country that increasing the proportion of college graduates would have.” So many students make it to college but struggle to graduate. If we want to choose a battle, it would be on raising graduation rates.
Don’t point fingers, Dr. Dre.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Dr. Dre posted on Instagram a picture of himself and his daughter holding her University of Southern California acceptance letter. Later, Dre removed the posting after fans reminded him that his charity had donated $70 million to USC.
While weighing admissions offers, other college costs to consider.
I recently was quoted in a HuffPost article by Geoff Williams, discussing an often overlooked cost when considering colleges.
Extracurricular Activities & COVID-19: SOS
Extracurricular activities engagement is an important part of the college admissions process. In the age of COVID-19, here are ideas to consider.
How to Ask for a College Recommendation Letter
This is a step-by-step guide for high school students for help asking teachers and counselors for a college recommendation letter.
COVID-19 Question on the Common App
There is a new COVID-19 Question on the Common App this year. In 250 words, you can write about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you.
You’re Accepted to College! Now what?
Tips for students and parents on what to do after being accepted to college. There is a list of things to do such as sending in a deposit...
What to Do After Submitting My College Application
Read article to learn what you can do to show a college you are interested in attending and increase your admissions chances.
7 Tips for Creating a Stand Out College Application
Read about seven proven strategies to help you create a stand out college application that will impress college admissions officers.