Inside the U.S. College Decision Process

Inside the U.S. College Decision Process

August 14, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


12 applications submitted. 50 essay drafts 100 hours of SAT prep. What happens to your application? Does a computer algorithm Calculate which students are selected? You can breathe a sigh of relief All your hard work is not decided by a computer The top universities advocate holistic admissions Which means every part Of your application is read Your application is typically read by two readers One of the readers is responsible For overseeing applications from your region The other reader is another admissions officer on the admissions team Each reader has a reader sheet Which they use to note down the Most important parts of your application Academically they want to know how many AP, IB or Honors classes you’ve taken Your grade on each of them The trend of your grades And your SAT or ACT scores Of course not every school is equal That’s why they need to know how many Advanced courses are offered at your school The average SAT or ACT score And the percentage of students attending a four-year college Getting good grades is not enough They want to know what kind Of a student you are Through the traits you’ve shown in class Your personal background comes into play As they identify how you contribute to the campus Through your X Factor, your intellectual passion And the diversity you can bring Other factors such as demonstrated interest Interview and legacy are also considered Readers then determine whether you belong In the ‘yes’ pool, denied or need further review With the committee for borderline cases Borderline cases are presented to the committee And a democratic vote ensues Where applications are determined to be Yes, no or wait list Now all you have to do is Wait for your decision letter to arrive