There’s an article in “Cornell Chronicle” by Kathy Hovis entitled “In Arts and Sciences, reading every admission application” that we figured we’d bring to the attention of our loyal readers. Our loyal readers, after all, know that we have a penchant for pointing out inaccuracies about the highly selective college admissions process and correcting popular misconceptions. Well, this particular article didn’t get off on the right foot with us!
It begins like this: “Google ‘Ivy League admissions’ and up will pop thousands of sites that list the GPA requirements, SAT scores and activities a high school student needs to make her or his application stand out to admissions counselors. Typical text reads: ‘A winning Ivy League application needs to present a strong academic record, meaningful extracurricular activities, glowing letters of recommendation and a compelling application essay.’ What these sites don’t reveal are a host of other factors that Cornell’s admissions deans consider when they are deciding on the new freshman class. Things like curiosity, sincerity, leadership and a general sense that they will ‘fit’ at Cornell – the idea that students understand and are excited to take advantage of all that Cornell has to offer.” Not so, Ms. Hovis. In fact, if you Google “Ivy League admissions,” you’ll find Ivy Coach’s website at the very top — or right near the top — of your search results. And, if you choose to peruse our extensive site, you’ll find page after page after page devoted to “the host of other factors that Cornell admissions deans consider when they are deciding on the new freshman class.” We write about intellectual curiosity. We write about sincerity in essays, in letters of recommendation. We write about leadership and fit. And so much more!
Do your homework, Ms. Hovis. If you’re going to lead off your article by stating that a certain search result doesn’t return what you’re hoping to find, click on the very first link on the very first Google search result page. But our guess is you didn’t actually bother Googling it. You just thought it would make a fun intro for your article! We take no offense. Rather, we find it amusing. But maybe next time you’ll do as you suggest to your readers…
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