I'll Take the High Road

December 7, 2005

It's early admissions time at Georgetown and colleges across the land. Early admission programs vary from school to school but the purpose and thrust of these programs clearly show that competition among schools of higher learning is not limited solely to the athletic fields. Georgetown does it better than most by offering an "early action" admissions policy that leaves applicants free to apply early elsewhere and does not bind them to the Hilltop if admitted. As this linked column from the most recent issue of THE HOYA thoughtfully expounds, the whole early applications process seems to serve the respective colleges' interests in winning the applications sweepstakes rather than the choice-enhancing interests of aspiring students.

At Georgetown, early action admissions have a laudable focus: to identify and admit academic superstars. The subtext to this is that if you are not a scholar of national merit caliber and are selling yourself as an athlete, a child of an alum, or just a good all-round do-everything student, don't hold your breath in December. Those factors are important and will come fully into play in the regular admissions process during the late-winter/spring. But they are not heavily considered in the early process. This policy wisely sends a subtle message: that Georgetown values many factors in considering a candidate for admission but the factor that Georgetown values the highest is scholarship.

I like the high road. Hoya Saxa, Georgetown!



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