Anyone out there know a high school junior or senior who got a nice, warm, engaging letter from Harvard? These letters, after a convincing pitch about the joys of Harvard (hey, who needs convincing, right?), usually encourage the high schooler to apply to this prestigious institution, failing to mention the annual single-digit overall acceptance rate that slams the door on over 90% of applicants. Nasty stuff, huh?
Well, a cat has emerged from the bag, so to speak, regarding this sleazy ploy. In a revealing article, "How Colleges Are Using a Cynical Ploy to Appear More Exclusive," Reed College's admissions dean, Paul Marther, explains a bit about this technique that, frankly, I find at least annoying and at most disingenuous. He states: