“Need Blind” Admission—or Not!

Written by Nell McCormack Abom, Host Smart Talk TV | Dec 21, 2009 5:10 PM

An absolute concept, “need-blind admission” can only exist when it applies to every student in every circumstance of the admission process. When there are exceptions—and one doesn’t need much of an imagination to see the possibilities—institutions fail to meet the “need-blind test.” Unfortunately, “need-blind” is a great idea that is rarely, if ever, achieved.

While claims of “need-blind admission” status continue to emanate from many institutions, they should be regarded cynically. When admission officers make decisions to admit and to aid students—with either need or merit-based assistance—they are “resource aware.” In effect, they are making business decisions intended to benefit their institutions.

In light of the revelation about “resource aware” admission, then, it should behoove you to focus on finding the best college fit. Among other things, the colleges that fit you best are those that value you for what you do well. And when a college values you, it will make sure you have the support you need, financial and otherwise, to achieve your educational goals. A college that values you will not let your financial status stand in the way of admission.

Peter Van Buskirk is an author, consultant, speaker and creator of the Best College Fit™ Resources. Visit to learn more about Peter and his student-centered approach to college planning.

Published in Life After 12th Grade

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