How do admissions officers choose among applicants who are on the bubble?

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How do admissions officers choose among applicants who are on the bubble?

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

How do admissions officers choose among applicants who are on the bubble?

“On the bubble” can mean two very different things in the college admissions process, It can mean that a student is marginally qualified, in which case a year at a junior or community college or even a post graduate year at a secondary school can help demonstrate both one’s commitment to improving and pursuing further education as well as greater readiness for the college experience. If “on the bubble” means fighting for one of the last available spots in the entering class, then it is less about the student than about the school seeking to determine who will best fill its institutional needs. A selective school has the luxury of selecting a single applicant from a number of qualified ones and so they have a responsibility to make sure that certain talents and certain demographic needs are met. In that situation there is not much the applicant can do.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How do admissions officers choose among applicants who are on the bubble?

Most likely if they had a chance to personally meet the student that could make the difference. The known vs the unknown can weigh heavily. However, to cover their butts, they could accept 1 and defer and/or wait-list the others. Too difficult to give an exact answer as there are so many variables.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

How do admissions officers choose among applicants who are on the bubble?

This is where the "less important" factors of the applicant come into play. For example, demonstrated interest can help sway those admissions decisions in your favor. If they are selecting between you and another bubble candidate, your campus visit, meeting with an admissions officer at a college fair or registration for the campus admissions mailer, can push you over the edge. Maximize your chances for admission by building up relevant reasons for a college to choose you and it may move you from on the bubble to admitted.

Ronald Harris

How do admissions officers choose among applicants who are on the bubble?

Admissions officer may call applicants in for an interview that are on the bubble.