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.