|When Colleges Apply to Students|
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Washington Monthly
For most high school students, applying to college is an anxiety-filled game of wait-and-see that starts after they send off applications and may well end in rejection. But it’s also a game of resources, one that rich, well-connected families are primed to win. Parents with lower incomes don’t have the means for SAT tutors, application coaches, and visits to multiple schools in far-flung states.
That may be changing, courtesy of an emerging national trend known as “direct admission”—a low-cost alternative that could revolutionize the way students of lesser means apply to college.