What will help financially disadvantaged students more, ending early admissions programs – which some say favor well-heeled students who don't need time to compare aid packages – or continuing early admissions-type programs but boosting financial aid? The question was explored in yesterday's Daily Pennsylvanian, the student paper of the University of Pennsylvania, with comments from AdmissionsConsultants' Nadine C. Warner. While Harvard and Princeton have ended early admissions, the article notes that other schools are continuing them, but upping aid packages.
Debate continues over how to best help applicants.
"Nadine Warner, a senior counselor with AdmissionsConsultants, said early admissions can help students who have their mind set on a particular school. However, she said colleges that do keep early admissions programs must increase awareness of the process among lower-income students.
'These programs do skew and favor middle-class and upper-middle-class [students] who have access to the guidance counselors who can counsel them in this process,' she said."
Warner is a former assistant director of admissions at the University of Chicago, where she made accept, reject, or waitlist decisions on thousands of applicants. At AdmissionsConsultants, she works with undergraduate admissions applicants bound for top-tier colleges and universities. She and other undergraduate admissions counselors at AdmissionsConsultants help clients prepare for admissions exams and interviews and provide guidance on applications.
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