Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
A delayed opening proved helpful when Wheatley staff participated in workshops about the college admissions process with admissions representatives from Harvard, Yale and Binghamton. Staff was provided with insight into the newest trends in the college admissions process as well as the key role teacher recommendations can play.
Harvard University presented faculty with two case studies of students who applied to Harvard. Teachers were able to see a complete application and the many variables that complete an application for a highly competitive college.
The representatives shared that 95 percent of the applicants to Harvard have the credentials for admissions, which makes the process incredibly challenging.
Admissions representatives from Yale University and Binghamton University hosted the other workshop. Parents and faculty learned that in recent years, college admissions offices have seen a tremendous increase in applicants, yet they are still accepting the same number of qualified students.
The workshop also focused on the importance of the recommendation letter. Teachers found it very helpful to hear directly from admissions reps on what they consider strong letters versus weaker ones.