November 11, 2013
How Getting Into College Became Such a Long, Frenzied, Competitive Process

College admissions officers in the mid-19th century had it pretty easy. Since higher education was only a possibility for a small fraction of American teenagers, admissions decisions were more about who could foot the bill than who could do the academic work. Students from top high schools were granted admission as long as they were in “good standing,” and other privileged students just needed a check and a decent grasp of ancient Greek. More than a hundred years would pass before admissions officers needed to implement more sophisticated ways of evaluating applicants from across the socio-economic spectrum. 
So how did the college admissions process turn into the lengthy, complex system it is today?
Read more. [Image: Lisi Niesner/Reuters]

How Getting Into College Became Such a Long, Frenzied, Competitive Process

College admissions officers in the mid-19th century had it pretty easy. Since higher education was only a possibility for a small fraction of American teenagers, admissions decisions were more about who could foot the bill than who could do the academic work. Students from top high schools were granted admission as long as they were in “good standing,” and other privileged students just needed a check and a decent grasp of ancient Greek. More than a hundred years would pass before admissions officers needed to implement more sophisticated ways of evaluating applicants from across the socio-economic spectrum.

So how did the college admissions process turn into the lengthy, complex system it is today?

Read more. [Image: Lisi Niesner/Reuters]

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