You can get a better appreciation of the fast-app practice by reading this article from earlier this year: A College Opts Out of the Admissions Arms Race Just because a student receives one of these applications certainly doesn’t mean the school is interested in him or her.
In some cases, schools use these applications to increase their applications so they can reject more students.
The school buys hundreds of thousands of names of teenagers who have scored within a certain range on the SAT and then sends them a letter asking if they’d like more information.
All the students who respond yes end up getting an VIP application. In contrast, Ursinus College has abandoned its fast application practice (to its credit), which had made the liberal arts college, a red hot school as its applications soared.
Here is her question: My son has received approximately 10 email/print invitations from schools to complete their priority applications.
These invitations say there are no essays, no application fees and quick scholarship notification, etc.
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With the help of outside firms, colleges send out thousands and even tens of thousands of applications that are easier for teenagers to complete than the typical ones.
That’s what Drexel University has been doing, according to another article.