Dealing with the omitted after admissions-decision day

April 1, 2010

A recent "Head Count" blog entry from the Chronicle of Higher Education focuses on the University of Virginia's admissions office and the first business day after decisions went out, which was all about dealing with the omitted. Of the nearly 500 calls the office received that day, one mother had asked whether her child had been denied admission because of the family's surname, which was Indian. More than one caller said they knew of an admitted student who was less qualified than their children, who were rejected. Difficult conversations are nothing new to U. of Virginia admissions officials -- one time a young woman who was on the waiting list showed up in the admissions office with several family members, who sat down and began to wail. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)