The intense college search process has given rise to many online forums such as College Confidential in which college-bound students share advice and stories in order to increase their chances of admission to top-tier schools.
Some colleges and universities are attempting to increase transparency about the admissions process by publishing public blogs with casual posts on popular admissions-related topics. These colleges are bringing “behind-the-scenes” information to interested students and parents in blogs and message boards. These postings provide a revealing perspective on what goes on inside some admissions offices.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology runs its own blog to help students cut through the rankings, rating and stereotypes so they can decide for themselves if MIT is a good match. The MIT Admissions Blog is not only an excellent resource for exploring and discovering MIT, it happens to contain a plethora of great information about the admission process in general – which would be of interest to those applying to all competitive colleges.
In addition to MIT, many colleges now host similar blogs for prospective students offering interesting advice and information. Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia and Providence College are three examples. If a school hosts an admissions blog, you can usually find it on the institution’s admissions web site, and/or by Googling “Admissions Blog” and the name of the college or university you are researching.
Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of InLikeMe.com and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.