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Technology in College Admissions

By Susan Lee
Director of College Counseling

Like the rest of the world, College Admissions has changed quite a bit in the past few years.  I could tell stories about all the paper that used to be part of a College Counseling Office. Things are different now.

The ease in communicating through electronic media has opened worlds to students. They are now able to search, research and apply using nothing but their laptop. Only five years ago students were looking at viewbooks, catalogs and direct mail, sending postcards to request information, filling out a different paper application for each college, elaborately organizing envelopes, stamps and forms to give to teachers – and then, patiently waiting and hoping that mail delivery was dependable.

Now there are interactive websites, virtual tours, iPod applications and YouTube videos that provide good information about individual colleges. There is one online application that can be submitted to most private colleges and one UC application that does not let you make a mistake.  Schools send most of the supporting documents online and it reaches the admissions office within minutes.  And, students often hear the admissions decision online – sometimes multiple decisions –within seconds. Technology has transformed College Admissions and the accessibility of information has had a significant impact…the subject of another blog.  

For some of our favorite websites and online resources, click around The Urban School College Counseling website.  And, if you are tired of your laptop, we actually have lots of lovely paper catalogs and viewbooks in the College Counseling office that we would LOVE people to come in and look through!

Posted by Kristen Bailey on Tuesday October, 20, 2009 at 10:52AM


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