about Albright? Weve also been asked about our relationship
to the SATs. How much emphasis does Albright put on them in the
admission process? Are they useful in our process?
a word, while Albright uses standardized testing as a measure, a
students SAT or ACT scores have always been only one part
of much broader consideration of an applicant. Compared to other
colleges, the scores carry a relatively minor weight, certainly
not the same level of emphasis they do at some colleges.
our beginnings, Albright has always been a school that focuses on
the individual as a whole person. That focus begins when a prospective
student decides on Albright as a choice. We want to know who this
young man or woman is. In what ways does she or he demonstrate excellence?
And above all, what potential does this student have that can be
realized in the Albright environment?
admission counselors first look for overall academic achievement.
We look for a solid track record of excellence in the classroom.
What courses did the student take? Are there honors courses on the
transcript? Good grades in a selection of challenging courses are
a much better indicator of future success. We also know from long
experience that a student who may have lower SAT scores but has
done well in the classroom can be an outstanding achiever at Albright.
we look for the ability to write, a key indicator of college success.
And we look for leadership potential. What activities has this prospective
student participated in? The arts, volunteer service, athletics?
What service to school and community has the candidate exhibited?
Students who are involved in outside activities and who give of
themselves to others are potentially important members of the Albright
community. Our selection process also enables us to ensure diversity
on our campus.
the media have focused attention on the college admission process,
here at Albright it will continue to be business as usual. We are
delighted to see applicants with exceptional SAT scores, but its
just one part of deciding who will be a great Albrightian.
E. Eichhorn is vice president for enrollment
services and dean of admission at Albright College.