Be nice. That’s one of the many bits of advice offered in a recent “Business Insider” article that warns students and parents that their communication with people at college admissions offices is tracked. So venting, or being rude, to the person who answers the phone is definitely not a good idea as it will likely get noted in the student’s file. Those cautionary words were attributed to a former Yale University admissions official.
A student seeking admission to an elite university needs an application that’s not just good, but great. Due to the monumental number of applications received by top schools, you need your application to stand out in the pile. Otherwise, your application will likely be marked with the acronym “SP,” which stands for standard positive. So consider how you can make your application particularly memorable. Those words of wisdom were accredited to a former Stanford University admissions reader.