On the evening of April 28th, Habor Academy was proud to host our College Counselor Marisa, a former deputy director of admissions at MIT and admissions officer at Yale University. She also formerly served as the deputy dean of admissions for the Phillips Institute and the director of minority admissions. Marisa gave a very insightful lecture on topics focusing mostly on overseas study and the college application process.
Wondering how to apply to the top boarding schools and register for undergraduate courses in the US? Marisa utilized her insight as a former admission officer to explain several aspects of the process including school admissions officers, the overall enrollment of schools, and the matching of degrees between students and schools.
“An admissions officer will review more than 1000 applications each year on average. It takes the officer no more than 15 minutes to review each one. The applicant that the admissions officer decides to pursue eventually be submitted to the Admissions Committee to discuss whether he or she will be admitted.” In addition, Marisa specifically mentioned that “there are special admissions officers that are responsible for application documents from other countries or regions.” For example, there is an admissions officer who is responsible for checking all the applications from China.
The admissions officer from each school will adopt some sort of system to ensure the effectiveness of their evaluations. Generally, if the student's academic performances (SAT, GPA, and other standardized results) do not reach the standard requirements, it is unlikely that the student will appear on the Admissions Committee's discussion list; On the other hand, if the academic standards are reached, the admissions officer will evaluate the students' background activities and documents to give the student an overall assessment. After that, the admissions officer will give the student a brief feedback and submit it to the Admissions Committee.
In terms of matching with schools, most institutions will assess whether students are suitable for their school, and how much students can contribute to society after graduation. In addition, the school will recruit students from all over the world to maintain a strong diverse student-body.
Marisa also provided great advice to both students and parents. She suggested that students should have a good reading habit, start to prepare for the school applications as soon as possible, maximize resources, personalize application, and never hesitate to do things that would be beneficial to their applications in the future.
Marisa also shared several cases that she had worked with, to help parents and students visualize the difference between a good application and a bad one.