Admissions Officer Insight: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions!

Here at QuestBridge, we constantly seek ways to help students on their journey through college admissions, so we asked College Prep Scholars what they wanted to know from admissions officers. Four similar themes surfaced from more than a thousand responses. Take a look at the answers from admissions officers who represent some of our college partners!

Question 1: What can I do to stand out among other applicants?

UChicagoRebecca Kahn-Witman, University of Chicago, Senior Assistant Director of Admission

“Be yourself! I know that sounds cliché, but if every student put together the same application, our jobs as Admissions Counselors would be quite boring. I also always encourage students to figure out what they want while applying to colleges and universities. Being able to identify something (whether big or small) that is important to them, will help the applicant “stand out”. Never do anything because of how it will look on the application; do things because you are excited and passionate about them and it will shine through in the application. Standing out doesn’t mean being the most unique person the admissions committee has seen. The passion, genuine nature, and thoughtful reflection of the application and essays are most important, as we will see the care that you put forth and ultimately, that’s how you’ll stand out.” Continue reading

Capitalizing on College

This month we’re featuring posts from Quest Scholars who have learned (or are learning!) savvy spending tips for college, including searching for outside scholarships and financial aid tips. Keep reading and stay tuned for more!  

Jokes about the perpetually broke financial state of college students and the inundation of memes on the internet about the emptiness of student wallets plague our generation’s perception of college. Yes, college is expensive. But colleges are, to many people’s surprise, taking steps to help low-income students.
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Summer Service Grant | Photovoice: Picture Dis(Ability)

Last summer, Carrie Chui (University of Chicago ’15) received a Summer Service Grant from QuestBridge to explore how photographs can speak louder than words for adults with mental and physical disabilities. Below, she reflects on the growth she both experienced herself and witnessed in others over the course of the summer.

Looking at their own photographs, Shirley and Phuc could not hold back their smiles. I was also elated, seeing their work finally come to fruition and arranged neatly along the gallery walls. Continue reading