Making the College Application Process “for Everyone”

“An Admissions Surprise from the Ivy League,” by Frank Bruni of the New York Times. Published on October 17, 2015.

In Frank Bruni’s latest post, he reports, rather than arguing for or against, a new system being implemented by colleges — including Ivy Leagues. This system is a website and “set of tools” that will contain resources for ninth and tenth graders (or anyone) who do not have access to a college counselor or the materials necessary to apply to colleges.

For most of the article, Bruni merely states the vague, but intriguing details of this new system. One of them is the ability for students to create a “locker” which they can store their creations that may include a drawing, art project, research paper, and other compositions. Essentially, this “locker” functions as a portfolio to the admissions officers that can give them a better look at a student’s abilities and talents. I notice that Bruni states all of what he can find, not because he desires to purposefully be vague, but rather that the information shared is all he knows about the program. Along with the reader, he still has questions. Bruni features opinions both pro and against this new system by other experts, further validating the sides of the argument. He ends his article with benchmarks he feels the program needs to meet, which is to be clearer and more specific about the planned actions of the system.


4 thoughts on “Making the College Application Process “for Everyone”

  1. Harrison,

    For the most part, it seems as though Ivy-League schools are taking a step in the right direction towards making college accessible to low income families and institutions. However, I found it interesting how your pundit included both negative and positive reactions towards the system. In order to spark discussion, it is essential to include both sides of an issue. Leaving readers thought’s open for interpretation is an effective method to get audience members thinking.



  2. Harrison,
    That is such a great idea! I remember not understanding much about the college application process and I still don’t, so I could see where that would be helpful. I agree with Rosemary that the two views of the reactions made the article very interesting and seemed to show less bias on the situation.


  3. Mr. Bruni,

    What do you feel the system needs to do for its mission to be clear? From your article, the website and tools seemed very clear to me. Finally, what kind of trend representing family income and college acceptance rates could we see as a result of this new feature?


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