Last Thursday, Bev Taylor authored an article on Huffington Post, claiming “Need Blind Admissions Is a Lie.” Its publication ignited a flurry of responses among college admissions professionals both publicly and privately. For those of us who read applications at highly selective institutions, her article simply did not jibe with the reality of our own experiences. Those on my team who worked for institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Georgetown, and Babson were adamant that need-blind admissions means exactly what it says. I hope that the following conversation will help provide a clear response to Taylor’s article and offer some clarification on some challenging issues in admission and financial aid in higher education.
Why this matters
The reason that colleges try to be transparent about their admissions and financial aid policies isn’t because they are trying to trick you into creating a disadvantage for yourself. It’s because they’re trying to keep you as informed as possible through a very stressful process. Admissions officers are educators, and they want students to be successful in college without incurring significant financial hardship, whether at their institution or elsewhere.