5 More Things the College Admissions Office Won’t Tell You

As we discussed in our recent post, there are some things the colleges simply won’t share with you, and you should keep these in mind as your student begins planning for college applications – or starts receiving those admissions letters.

Here are 5 more things the college admissions office won’t tell you:

1. We’re Not As Exclusive As We Sound

A low admissions rate can potentially boost a college’s scores in national college rankings lists. Colleges know that by appearing more exclusive, they can pull a better quality of student – and command higher prices. Some colleges purposely use this fact to try to make themselves look more exclusive than they actually are. How? Some colleges may try to get more applicants – even those that aren’t that interested in attending their school – so that they can show a higher number of applications per acceptance. Some may also count incomplete applications for the same reason.

2. Politics Are Still A Factor

Despite efforts to keep race and ethnicity from being a factor in college admissions, sometimes it still is. And “legacy admissions” (where students of wealthy donors and alumni get preferential packaging, is still legal, despite many complaints about the unfairness of this practice.

3. We Prefer Students Who Can Pay Full Price

photo credit: Lack of money is the root of all evil - George Bernard Shaw via photopin (license)
(Photo credit: Lack of money is the root of all evil – George Bernard Shaw via photopin.)

This may seem like a no-brainer, but of course the colleges won’t tell you this! In fact, one of the reasons for the growing numbers of international students attending U.S. universities is that many are students of families wealthy enough to pay full-price. At some public universities, the high cost of tuition for international and other out-of-state students is used to make up the difference for the much lower cost of in-state tuition.

4. We Need You More Than You Need Us

With the aging of the Baby Boomers – and their children – the number of college-seeking high-school graduates has finally begun to level off, after more than 15 years of steady growth. What does this mean for you? It means there will be fewer students competing to get into the same colleges – which means you will have more leverage! With some colleges already struggling to fill freshman classes, students will soon have more room for negotiation, and will be better able to leverage schools against each other when seeking a good financial aid package.

5. Getting Admitted Isn’t Necessarily Final

Last but not least, one thing the college admissions office certainly won’t tell you is that just because they accept your application and admit you, doesn’t mean you will stay admitted.  This article reports that 22% of colleges revoked at least one offer of admission during the previous year. Final grades, disciplinary actions, and falsification of application info were the most common reasons for reversals, but online information is quickly becoming an issue as well. In this age of social media and public information, students need to be aware of what they are putting out there, and what kind of impression they are making.

When preparing for college, it can really pay to do your research, and know as much as possible about the colleges you or your student are applying to. Knowing the things the admissions officers will never tell you can give you leverage, and give you a leg up on the competition as well.

And so can working with an experienced college planner! We’re always here to help if you have questions or need guidance throughout the process of planning for college. Feel free to contact us anytime! 614-536-0246   Or visit our college planning website for more information: www.eaglecollegeplanning.com.


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