Heard on Campus


The admissions process is out of whack. Even the gatekeepers at some famous institutions acknowledge, quietly, that the selection system is broken.”

Eric Hoover. The New York Times

College admissions officers say they now have many, many more applications than they can handle—and, often, less reliable information to help them decide which students to admit.”

James Fallows. The Atlantic

Revising the admissions standards to require personal essays, an interview, a photo on top of test scores and preference to the children of alumni (…) it is neither feasible nor desirable to raise the standards of the College.”

Alia Wong. The Atlantic

“Universities are seeking to attract as many international students as they can, largely because they are desperate for revenue.”

Tim Hand. Magdalen College


Admission offices have the virtually impossible task of sorting through 20,000 - 100,000 applications in a matter of months (…). For any given college, much of this is wasted effort: as applications increase, the majority of the accepted students will turn them down and attend another institution. The college admissions process is broken.

Danny Ruderman. U.S. News & World Report

“Admissions departments are caught between the obligation to hold all students to the same high standards, and a natural reluctance to fail the vast numbers of students. This traditional bottleneck is getting thinner as demand is exceeding supply. University admissions have not always been complex (...) we have to devote far more time and be far more careful about it.”

Jessica Shepherd. The Guardian

“Admission processes are pretty exhausting. You talk to a lot of admissions officers and most are underpaid and overworked. They read applications for several weeks, then they meet in committee and choose their class.”

Kathleen Kingsbury. The Daily Beast