While first-year students have recently experienced the admissions process as individual applicants, this simulation requires them to make decisions about a pool of candidates from the perspective of the Admissions and Financial Aid team at a small liberal arts college. The simulation is based on sample application files provided of Scott Hermann-Keeling (former associate director of admissions at Trinity), which I modified with the assistance of Eli Rose, Ben DeBeer-Zeiger, and Jasmin Agosto, to serve as a companion exercise to our first book, Mitchell Stevens, Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites (2007).
- round 1: rating the applicants
- round 2: evaluation categories and storytelling
- round 3: Dean correspondence and ratings
- round 4: F-round for financial aid evaluations
- Should The College offer a merit award?
- round 5: decision day and managing yield
- round 6: lawsuit re: Jean Lattimore v. The College
- round 7: debate legal briefs on Lattimore v. The College