Fair-weather friends in US college admissions offices

April 22, 2008

Just what students need to confirm their worst fears about arbitrary admissions policies: new research finds that the odds of students getting into a college are affected by the weather on the day their applications are being reviewed. The study, published in the Journal of Behavioral Decision, examined over 680 college applications and judged recommendations based on weather by the dates on the applications. According to the study, applications reviewed on the sunniest days were more than 10% likelier to be accepted, and pleasant weather prompted reviewers to place less merit on academic achievement. Boston Globe