A high school student wrote a recent article in the Washington Post suggesting that colleges and universities opt into a system like the one hospitals use to place residents so that we can get a better idea who is REALLY most interested in each institution. On another end of the spectrum, a couple of years ago a professor (I can’t remember where he was from) wrote an article suggesting that we move all admissions to a random lottery system – suggesting that this method would be no less effective and far less expensive. And on the national admissions list serv recent posts worrying about students committing to more than one institution have led to a suggestion to move to a national clearinghouse that looks something like the NCAA uses for athletes.
Frankly, I don’t think any of the scenarios that requires colleges and universities to cooperate are likely to happen, and it may not even be in your interest for us to do so. Imagine if the car companies all got together to share which vehicles you’re considering – if they knew which one you REALLY wanted they’d probably go ahead and just charge you more. While many schools continue to play with financial aid based on student interest and negotiate packages, it’s hard to believe you’d benefit from colleges knowing for sure which institution you want!
I also doubt a lottery system is the answer – although there are certainly moments when it seems tempting! Be seeing you.