In the toughest college admission season on record, acceptance rates plummeted at many schools, including the Ivy League.Kristina Dell explores some of the arbitrary and whimsical reasons that applicants were rejected.
I just thought, ' Wow, I hope it works out for her.' I didn't go look her up to make a statement one way or the other."• Admissions dean at a top liberal arts school:"We received pies this year, two from the same person. Unhelpful Teacher Evaluations• Ivy League admissions officer:"Pick teachers who know you.
She was trying to say she's not an athlete, but a really great baker. Sometimes teachers will damn you with faint praise.
It's all subjective."• Top state school admissions officer:"We end up with a lot of essays that sound like they were written by people who were prematurely middle-aged."8. Furda, admissions dean at the University of Pennsylvania:"When you are admitting [12 out of 100 students] there is no one who is a shoo-in anymore.
There is no foregone conclusion about a student being admitted.
Getting accepted at any of the schools we talked to required stellar SAT scores, solid grades, a tough curriculum and a whole lot of luck.
Some deans and admissions officials preferred not to identify themselves, or their universities.1.
The person said I am going to stay here until I talk to the people I need to talk to.
He talked to everyone who was there and still didn't leave. The person was very respectful and didn't do anything that threatened anyone.
With so many students applying, it's no wonder that some of the rejections feel arbitrary and whimsical. Adds Jim Miller, an admissions officer from Brown University: "The truth is that the differences are ludicrously slender and it's very hard to say to a kid why their candidacy played well or didn't play well."The Daily Beast caught up with a number of exhausted deans and admissions officers from top colleges around the country to get a glimpse of what happened behind closed doors.
What follows is the good, the bad and the ugly of this year's red-hot admission season, as told in the admissions officers' own words.