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Archive for May, 2010

The Admissions Interview: Pros and Cons

Monday, May 17th, 2010

In today’s on-line edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Eric Hoover and Beckie Supiano offer an insightful look at the college admissions interview.  Every year, thousands of high school students manuever this fundamentally subjective component of the application process, and wonder about its true impact on the admissions decision.  Admissions interviews may be controversial, stressful and often flawed, but they serve a critical purpose…to personalize applicants beyond GPAs, test scores, and writing samples.  They also allow for a dialogue between the applicant and college, which is an important means of assessing the fit between the two.  I’ve interviewed applicants to Harvard for the past twenty-two years (hard to believe!), and I believe that interviews provide invaluable information and allow for truly special applicants to shine. 

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