This is another oldie-but-goodie article (I think the link still works, if not let me know) that questions the hot term in admissions, holistic review, as a secret code for affirmative action.
I disagree. Holistic review is really a fancy name for what admissions officers have always done – reading each file individually and taking different student experiences into account in our decisions. There seems little doubt that it could be used to diversify a class (not an issue at Mason where we’re already one of the most diverse schools in the U.S.), but is that any more of an issue than taking legacy into account, or the fact that you have someone interested in a particular major where you have space that year? Question for all readers – how fair do you think the admissions process is/should be?
In other news…my buddy Alex at US News and World Report (we’re buddies because we were on CNN together – although I am confident that Soledad O’Brien liked me best) claims that admissions officers are checking you out online. Because most admissions deans are still figuring out how to use their cell phones, I’m not sure how true this is, but interesting that the focus on using Google. My suggestion – Google yourself and make sure there isn’t anything floating around that will work against you, but I wouldn’t start paying anyone to put up positive stuff…at least, not yet.
Be seeing you!