Harvard (might) want you

Harvard University claims that admittance should not be based on just your numbers.

Source/Michaela Pasewark

Having a successful high school career is deemed to be the key aspect of getting into any prestigious university. We now consider a 4.0 GPA, participation in sports and clubs, leadership positions and the enrollment in AP classes as “must haves” for our college applications. However, with the release of a recent report called “Turning the Tide” from Harvard, there could be a major change to the admission process.

Harvard’s new project, Making Caring Common (MCC) is looking for ways to make the admission process more reasonable and humane. Looking past achievements such as outstanding SAT/ACT scores, MCC focuses more on a student’s contributions to his or her community. This change will not only encourage more students to engage with their communities, but also provide equal opportunities for everyone during the admissions process.

Students who are from low-income families will now have fair chances of admission with the MCC in place. These students often lack the time to participate in extracurricular activities because they are either working to support their families or taking care of their siblings. Rather than putting these students at a huge disadvantage with the lack of extracurricular activities, they can now voice their contributions to their communities and families through MCC.

In fact, the MCC report stresses the importance of having genuine interest and a meaningful experience through a student’s contribution. No longer will a lengthy list of personal achievements and AP scores increase chances of admission; administrators now want to see impactful contributions that a student has made for society.

Even under these new circumstances, there will still be some students who will try to participate in voluntary work without any interest just to fulfill this new application system. But studies show that these students will still learn from their experiences no matter what their motives are.

Since its last report, “Turning the Tide” has gained numerous supporters including Yale University and the University of Virginia. Thus, Harvard’s report that advocates for kindness over personal achievement (MCC) will be one of the biggest changes to take place for the fall application process.