College admission: what they really are looking for

My daughter only is in her first year of high school and already I’m feeling crazed about whether she will get into her college of choice. Yesterday I heard a piece on NPR that gave some incredible insight into the admissions process. 

It actually interviewed a group of admissions officers while they were in the process of reviewing applicants. They were only able to accept 1,000 of the 8,000 applicants. You must listen because some of their comments — particularly about what teens write in the essays.  The NPR piece also gives you some clues about the randomness of how and why some get in and some don’t.

Behind The Scenes: How Do You Get Into Amherst? (for transcript)

Click here to listen to the report.

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