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January 18, 2012 / Thinknology

Transition to College: Admissions

As reported in a recent article in the New York Times, early admission to top colleges is now being pursued by a much broader and more diverse group of students, including students from abroad and minorities. There are several possible reasons for this shift.  Schools are looking for  a more diverse public school student population and/or they are seeking international students who pay full price. Why should ABE students be concerned?

While this change is currently at the top, it could  have a ripple effect down the line on all students applying for college, whether for early admissions or regular admissions. Students who are deferred for early admissions at a top-tier school will enter the pool for regular admissions. This may force out students who will end up having to apply to second- and third-tier schools, and so on down the line.

In time, adult learners working toward their GED and aspiring to go to college may be impacted by this ripple effect. As college admissions becomes more competitive, students interested in attending a four-year college or university will need to focus on the admissions process while still working on their GED.

Admissions come into play in this arena along with SAT preparation and financial aid. Students working toward their GED and hoping to go to college need to be aware of the importance of the higher-level skills they will need in order to perform well in college. GED preparation is the time to acquire and work on those skills. These same skills will help students perform well on all aspects of the admissions process such as attaining a high SAT score and writing the college application essay.

In short, the  shifts in the college admissions landscape for one segment of the student population will more than likely impact ABE students seeking to attend a four-year college or university. They need to be prepared for stiffer competition.

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