How colleges decide who to accept

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When we talk about college admissions, it is really not as democratic a process as we would all like to think. It is almost schizophrenic. Really there is a terminology that we use in higher education called enrollment management. That is really what dictates admissions to a certain extent. Obviously, your most competitive, sought after schools have a high academic threshhold. The Ivy League, Stanford, for Duke, schools like that. But at the same time, they all have to adhere to the code of enrollment management. There are certain groups that they need that they strive for to fulfill their student body. They want their student athletes. They want artists. They want musicians. They want socioeconomic diversity. They want geographic diversity. Everybody loves to get that student from Alaska or Montana or Idaho or states that are not that well represented. They want ethnic diversity. Legacies, students that have parents that have attended various colleges get a break in the admissions. Sometimes when people get those thin letters and they are disappointed and they don´t get accepted to the college that really, really wanted to or were aspiring to, they don´t realize what goes on beyond the scenes with the enrollment management and all the groups that need to be fulfilled by the admission offices before the final decision is made.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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