…while seeming to prize the high-paying out-of-state students who are so attractive during times of a growing budget gap.
…questioned why a student who … had only a 3.5 G.P.A. should rank so highly. Could it be because he was a nonresident and had wealthy parents?
Income, an optional item on the application, would appear on the very first screen we saw, along with applicant name, address and family information.
In personal statements, we had been told to read for the “authentic” voice over students whose writing bragged of volunteer trips to exotic places or anything that “smacks of privilege.”
Many essays lucidly expressed a sense of self and character — no small task in a sea of applicants. Less happily, many betrayed the handiwork of pricey application packagers, whose cloying, pompous style was instantly detectable, as were canny attempts to catch some sympathy with a personal story of generalized misery. The torrent of woe could make a reader numb: not another student suffering from parents’ divorce, a learning difference, a rare disease, even dandruff!