Panel of Experts

Karl Schellscheidt

SAT Prep Expert

  • BSE, Princeton University '90
  • M.A., Secondary Education Seton Hall University '93
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School '00

Fred Hargadon

Dean of Admission

  • Swarthmore College
    (1964-1969)
  • Stanford University
    (1969-1984)
  • Princeton University
    (1988-2003)

Don Betterton

Financial Aid Expert

  • Director of Financial Aid, Princeton University (1973-2006)
  • Certified College Planner
  • Principal, Betterton College Planning

Seamus Malin

Admission Expert

  • Harvard University
    Dir. of Financial Aid
    (1966-1977)
    Asst. Dean of Admission
    (1977-1987)
    International Office Director
    (1987-2002)

Are Selective Colleges Sweating?

Karl Schellscheidt

college admissions expert advice from eprep.comI read an article (click here for full article) the other day that essentially claims the following: Now that selective colleges have sent out acceptance letters, it’s their turn to sweat it out as they wait to see how many students actually decide to accept their offers of admission.

While some may find pleasure in imagining admission officers sweating with anxiety, the reality is that they’re not sweating at all.

If fewer students than anticipated accept, admission officers simply go to their wait lists. On the other hand, if more students than anticipated accept, they (i) offer accepted students a sweet deal, if they agree to defer for a year, and/or (ii) they call upon on-campus housing departments to solve the problem for them. Neither scenario involves sweat.

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