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C AMPS & S CHOOLS College Admissions: Students Are Not Just A Number By ALAN KRAWITZ EDITORIAL@ANTONNEWS.COM When it comes to college admissions, the ACTs and the SATs are still important factors in the overall process. But stellar scores aren’t the only way to be accepted to a dream school. Nowadays, in this enlightened age of college admissions, counselors are looking at prospective students in their entirety—and not just their test scores. Jim Hall, director of admissions for Farmingdale State College, says that while the school still requires the SAT or ACT exam for all freshman applicants, those scores are only part of the admissions picture. “The scores rank second behind grade point average, a student’s curriculum and Regents exam scores,” Hall said. Dr. Reginald Ross, dean of admissions and associate provost at LIU Post, agreed with Hall that test scores are not the be-all, end all in college admissions. “Official test scores (ACT or SAT) are used in conjunction with

Local college admission experts say that the student essay is a very important part of the application as it’s the only place where students can make their case for admission to a college in their own words. the high school transcript when making determinations for admissions and merit scholarships. We do require that all undergraduate applicants submit test scores to be consid-

ered for admission.” However, Ross added that LIU Post reviews each applicant holistically “so we can get a clearer understanding of the student.” He added that

while SAT/ACT scores are taken into consideration, they are just one aspect of the school’s overall applicant review process. As for other factors used during the process, Hall explained that the school looks at information such as community service, leadership, extra-curricular activities and others. “Also, a grant program looks for firstgeneration college students (parents do not have a bachelor degree) as a primary factor for eligibility consideration. Extra-curricular activities, including athletics, are also considered,” Hall said. Ross noted that LIU Post’s admissions counselors will review a completed application and will certainly put more weight on the student’s transcript than any other required piece of information. “The student’s performance in their senior year has a direct correlation to their success in the first few weeks of college, so a counselor will pay close attention to this when reviewing,” Ross said.

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He added that his favorite aspect of a student’s application is their essay. “It is the only place on the application where they have 500 words to tell me what they are about and what their goals are for the future,” Ross said. “The essay can be a powerful tool for an applicant to use to sway an admissions decision in their favor.”

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And, when it comes to the college interview, more and more schools are moving away from the formal interview in favor of a more casual, informational-style interview. “We do not require interviews but do encourage prospective students to meet with an admissions coun-

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C AMPS & S CHOOLS College Admissions selor if they have questions or wish to build a case for their application,� Hall said. Ross seemed to concur, pointing out that LIU Post does not require an undergraduate interview unless a student is specifically applying to a program that requires one. “Our counselors make themselves available to applicants should they have any questions regarding admissions requirements, scholarships, financial aid and campus visits,� Ross said. “Our interviews are more informational than evaluative. I would encourage a prospective student to reach out to their admission counselor to see what options are available to them.� Speaking generally about traits and qualities which successful students possess, Hall said “We seek students with B averages or above and SAT/ACT scores in the mid-range (1000 SAT critical reading/math, 21 ACT).� He added the school also looks for applicants who have been involved in their schools and communities. According to Ross, LIU Post is looking for “academically qualified students

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who are well rounded and demonstrate an affinity for the institution.� Hall said that in the past three to five years, some definite admissions trends have appeared. “I have been the director of admissions at Farmingdale since late 2002 and have seen fall semester applications go from less than 6,000 to more than 10,000 during that time,� he said. He also noted that the school’s admissions standards have risen fairly dramatically with the tremendous increase in application volume. Ross explained that the increasing use of social media among prospective students has changed things substantially in recent years. “There has been an exponential increase in the use of social media in the college admissions process in the past few years. This shift has changed the way that prospective students interact with their schools and consequently changed the admissions process for higher education institutions,� Ross said. “Students are connecting earlier and more often with the colleges they are interested in.�

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