What they don’t tell you when you’re applying to college

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Defining success

Predicting success

Learning #1: Admissions officers don’t know what they’re doing.

Human potential

Learning #2: Most people who go to the best colleges are quite ordinary.



  1. This is not to say that admissions officers are doing a “bad job”. As I’ve argued, if doing a “good job” at admissions means picking the exact set of students who will be most successful, admissions is destined to fail. Instead, the goal should be to provide a positive experience for applicants, put together a well-rounded class, and perpetually try to remove biases and arbitrary prejudices in the admissions process. And it is possible to do a good job of that.





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