Beware! Scary admissions officers are on the loose. Don't answer your phones. Don't open those emails. They're coming after you.
Pardon my jest and cynicism on the Eve of Halloween, but the amount of strategy going on among colleges targeting our kids is at an all-time high. It's got to stop.
Over the last week, colleges from around the country have been sending thousands of emails to students who have already submitted Regular Decision applications. Colleges are trying to convince them to apply Early Decision or Early Action. It's frankly disgusting—like fake blood oozing out of the doors of those admissions offices.
"Ah, colleges. One side looks kind and inviting, and the other side can't be trusted." TWEET THIS
They must have reviewed my application. They must think it's really strong. This must mean that if I switch my application, I'm going to get admitted, right?
WRONG. If something seems spooky and dubious, it probably is.
Here are some tips on how to make sense of this new trend:
- There is no way that an admissions committee reviewed a student's Regular Decision application in October to be able to properly recommend that the student apply "early" for a better chance of admission.
- Admissions officers are still traveling the country visiting high schools and meeting students. They haven't even started reading Early Decision or Early Action applications, let alone a Regular Decision application that typically is still missing the transcript and recommendation letters.
- The colleges are using an automated system to flag students of interest in their pool: high test-scorers, students coming from certain states, and students from underrepresented backgrounds. They know these students are probably applying "early" to another college and they worry they will withdraw their application once they get admitted to that "early" college. A withdrawn application doesn't count towards their application totals!
- These emails may look personal, but they're not. They are being sent to anyone colleges can try to convince.
- Unless the student gets a personalized email from an admissions officer who knows the student and their application inside and out, there is no need to respond.
- Just because you switch your application, doesn't mean you will be admitted.