I just spent 90 minutes watching the web rebroadcast of "Inside the Admissions Office,"
a conversation with top admissions officers from eight highly regarded colleges and universities: Bryn Mawr College
, Grinnell College
, Marquette University
, Princeton University
, University of Pennsylvania
, University of Vermont
, Wesleyan University
and Williams College
. The presentation comes from Wall Street Journal On Campus
. It's an hour and a half well spent by any parent or applicant who is anxious about the admissions process. Students applying to highly selective colleges will probably find the information in the video comforting, for the panelists clearly express the care and thoughtfulness that goes into the review of applications. A strong message that gets repeated throughout the broadcast is the idea that applicants need to be themselves -- there is no single mold for the perfect applicant.
One of the Deans on the panel may be familiar to About.com readers: Seth Allen, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Grinnell College, has written on this site about financial aid in the economic crisis. He also addressed the important question, "Are public universities really a better value than private colleges?"