22 Sep Are You Really Ready for the College Admissions Season?
Admissions officers are talented and committed professionals who make decisions based on a comprehensive and holistic understanding of an applicant and how he or she will contribute to their institution’s mission. They are committed to expanding a diverse applicant pool by reviewing every detail of an applicant’s application and supportive documents. Their decisions are based on their perceptions and perspectives of a student, the students’ backgrounds and communities, as well as the application and, of course, their WOW Factor. My team of admissions advisors and I spent countless number of hours researching and understanding the holistic approach of Ivy League and highly selective colleges and discovering what makes our clients competitively stand out so they can be accepted to their top choice colleges.
The process of college admissions, however, is not formulaic. It’s not just about grades, test scores, statistics or perceived amazing college essays and applications. Each student must present themselves in an inimitable, meaningful and harmonious fashion by lucidly articulating their achievements, goals and personalities to a group of diverse, experienced professionals. It’s all about being you! This is easier said than done in a society (and/or communities) that promote conformity and homogeneity. To intrigue the admissions committee, you must be able to embrace this opportunity to step up and be the person that no one else can be — YOU.
Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is managing director of Greenwich Admissions Advisors and lead admissions expert at Ivy League Admissions Advisors, a part of the Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.
Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive admissions advisory services for families and students who are interested in applying to and experiencing the unique educational environment and communities of Ivy League and highly selective colleges and elite private day and boarding schools.
Dr. Lowe is an active member of several professional organizations including: the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), and the Admissions Leadership Consortium (ALC).