Dean of Admissions criticizes the Common App
Well, take comfort in the fact that future student will have to do the same. Georgetown’s single-use application isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The Common App, which began in 1998 and is now used by 414 schools, creates an “admissions bubble” that unnecessarily swells applicant pools, according to Dean of Admissions Charles Deacon.
“We don’t have the Common App because we think that each person is unique and each school is unique,” Deacon told the Washington Post. “We don’t want people to apply for the wrong reasons.”
Georgetown has reaped the benefits of Deacon’s 38 years heading the Admissions department. When he came to Georgetown, the University accepted more than half of its applicants. After building an alumni network that mirrors the recruitment techniques of the Ivy League, however, Deacon helped transform Georgetown into a competitive, more selective college.
The strategy worked; over the last decade, applications to the University have risen 20 percent, while only accepting 18 percent of applicants.
Although some of the nation’s top colleges now accept the Common App—including the whole of the Ivy League—Deacon plans to hold steady with current admissions standards. A manageable-sized applicant pool, he told the Post, still allows the University to build academically gifted classes with diverse backgrounds.
We can’t fault Deacon for sticking with a policy that works. (And, thankfully, it’s not as if we’ll be filling out a Common App anytime soon either.)