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Hotspots, Hooks & Hidden Agendas: An Inside Look at the College Admission Process

Thursday, September 27, 2018

08:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Salt Palace Convention Center

As the gap between the rhetoric and the reality of the college-going process widens, “Hotspots” provides much needed transparency. The underlying premise of this workshop is that the more a student (and his/her advocates) knows about the admission process, the easier it will be for said student to make decisions that will enhance her/his ability to compete for admission on a viable “playing field.” A dynamic and instructive exercise, “Hotspots” gives participants valuable contextual perspective and tools to be used in guiding their students more effectively through the college search and selection processes.

In particular, the “Pyramid of Selectivity” illustrates the relative importance of credentials across institutions of different selectivity, the “Hidden Agenda” reveals often overlooked factors that can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection, and the “Financial Aid Matrix” shows how colleges strategically deploy their resources to enroll students whom they value most. The “Doors of Enrollment” will reveal the changing roles of Early Decision, the Wait List and January offers of admission in meeting enrollment goals. And the reality of cost/affordability forecasters will be examined within the context of institutional agendas.

The workshop culminates in a mock admission exercise that brings everything together. At every step along the way, participants see the connection between finding a good college “fit” and applicant success in the admission process.

 This seminar requires an additional fee and can be purchased during the registration process.

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