How some colleges are like high school divas

Lynn O’Shaughnessey explains why schools such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that send out flattering mail and applications to random students are just shameless flirts who have no real interest:

Getting love notes from a school … doesn’t not mean that a student will get in. Many colleges and universities send out flattering letters and/or applications to students that they have no intention of accepting. Why? The more students who apply, the more students a college can reject. And perversely these institutions will look more exclusive if they can turn away more teenagers.

  • Leslie Rule

    There is also a $70 application fee per student. It adds up.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much of the administrative cost that fee covers — and whether anything is left over.