College Admission

Process of applying to a college for admission (entry).

Timing: typically Jan01 of senior year for regular admission, Nov01 for early decision.

Typical key inputs:

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From the other side, a big component for students deciding where to apply is the UsNews CollegeRanking reports.

  • one side-effect has been in colleges spending more money in Advertising to increase the number of applications so they can accept a smaller % of applicants, which improves their ranking.
  • Freeland swept into Northeastern with a brand-new mantra: recalibrate the school to climb up the ranks. “There’s no question that the system invites gaming,” Freeland tells me. “We made a systematic effort to influence [the outcome].”
  • Jan'2016: encourage students at risk of dropping out to do so in the first few weeks, so they won't be counted in the total numbers reported to the U.S. Education Department and others... to improve a college's retention rate... "My short-term goal is to have 20-25 people leave by the 25th [of September]. This one thing will boost our retention 4-5 percent. A larger committee or group needs to work on the details but I think you get the objective.”... “This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.”

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