US University Admissions – A New Reality for a Global Market
Described by London Magazine as “the hottest consultant commodity in the parent-world” Lisa Montgomery, is a recognized authority on US university admissions. As Chairman of Edvice, an international educational consultancy with offices in London and Princeton, New Jersey, she guides international students and families through the complex world of applying to US universities.
In our debut podcast for Tanager Talks, we asked Lisa to help us understand the evolving landscape of US university admission. She describes a world where global competition has changed everything. “Students, like adults now, compete in a global market place.” Plus, American universities have brilliantly sold to the world the notion that through hard work; you can grab a piece of the American dream and gain a place at a top school.
This booming market presents universities and applicants with several challenges. Universities need to distinguish between students who are genuinely interested in their offering from those who are just applying to a long list of schools to insure they have a place somewhere. It is increasingly important to admissions officers that students can effectively demonstrate why they want to go a particular school.
On top of that, universities want to see how an applicant will contribute on campus both inside and outside the classroom. It’s a particular American mindset that plays out in the admission process that “once you are smart enough you are smart enough” and if you meet the academic criteria, it is the ‘other’ personal qualities of leadership, commitment and fortitude that can make the difference.
But Lisa warns that padding an application with activities chosen only to impress does not work. “If you try to game that, you end up being a cheap imitation of someone else who does care deeply and universities can feel it.”
To hear the entire conversation with excellent advice for all and some specific suggestions for American-connected families, click here:
More on Lisa Montgomery and Edvice, can be found at www.edvice.net.