Likely Letters

Even though it's past Valentine's Day, colleges are still sending love letters to their applicants. I call “likely letters" love letters because they represent a college's efforts to woo their applicants to join them at the alter of enrollment, so to speak.

Questionable metaphors aside, it is a fact that the fierce competition among colleges to snare the best students from their applicant pools results in this “courting" process that delivers good news to high school seniors before the remaining bulk of decisions are mailed. College Confidential's Sally Rubenstone writes about likely letters in her Ask the Dean column:

A “Likely Letter" is good news for the handful of students who receive them but is yet another example of what's wrong with the college admission process for almost everyone else.

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