College Admissions Dean Has Shocking Experience As Son Looks Into CollegeBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
They say experience is the best teacher. And maybe reverse experience can teach a whole lot more. When this College Admissions Dean has his son looking at colleges, he learns something new.
Ken Anselment, the dean of admissions at the Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin has a son who is currently a junior high school student. As early as that year, his son is already searching for colleges.
Dean Anselment, who is also the dean of financial aid at Lawrence University, cites the Washington Post, says his years of admissions experience in the field did not prepare him for this event.
Apparently, according to Anselment, the number of "come-ons" from companies promising to help students and families from low-income categories can help them go through the admissions process. He is surprised by this. Which is why he warns all high school students and their families about these companies.
He only found out when his own son started looking and scouting for colleges he can enroll to. It happened one day by mail. It looks quite official. Upon opening, a letter from a private company in Las Vegas was addressed to the parents of his son. The letter reads that they are scheduled to join an educational group presentation. Afterwards, a personal interview is set to determine college admissions and if the junior high school student is eligible for financial aid. The invitation appears to be mandatory and not compulsory in order to receive financial assistance.
The company's promise is to provide expert advice that has helped thousands of students get accepted into different colleges of their choice and receive millions of dollars in aid.
After reading the letter, Anselment expresses that he has never registered for anything like it in Appleton, Wisconsin. They are not even anywhere near Las Vegas. He warns of getting unsolicited letters like these. Families can only get exploited by such means.
His advice is to visit the college of your child's choice and meet with the admissions and financial aid counselors for proper assistance.