Guest Post

Reverse Admissions: Everything You Need to Know

POSTED ON 11/03/2023 BY Rebecca Kelley

A student is happy upon receiving an offer through Reverse Admission.

According to a survey by the National Association for College and Admission Counseling (NACAC), more than half the students reported that applying to university has been their most stressful academic experience. With over 4,000 institutions in the US alone, students face numerous challenges, including identifying suitable colleges, crafting essays, ensuring their scores meet the school’s criteria, and completing applications. This process is overwhelming, even for the most organised and well-resourced students. But what if there was a better way? Imagine a world where colleges, programmes, financial aid, and year-round placements come looking for you. Reverse Admissions by Concourse can make this possible. 

What is ‘Reverse Admissions’? 

Reverse Admissions is a fresh approach to college admissions, which provides institutions with a radically new method to find and interact with potential students, all while ensuring the fairness of the selection process. It is often confused with ‘Direct Admissions’, but there is a massive difference.

Direct Admissions is an approach where universities proactively inform high school seniors that they will likely gain acceptance if they apply and meet specific academic criteria. However, this method still requires students to complete standard application processes. While informing students of likely acceptance removes the guesswork and simplifies certain aspects of traditional applications, universities seldom offer tailored information about suitable academic programmes, potential scholarship and financial aid opportunities, or any direct guidance. 

Reverse Admissions, on the other hand, is an approach that empowers students and radically shifts the paradigm. Students initiate this process by creating concise profiles, which include details such as academic performance, budget, and areas of interest. Once the profiles are submitted, universities that align with the students’ criteria evaluate an anonymous version of their profiles and issue offers of admission and scholarships.

What distinguishes Reverse Admissions from Direct Admissions is that students do not merely receive a standard “invitation to apply” based on their GPA. Instead, they get official offers of admission to relevant academic programmes with applicable scholarships. The approach allows students to engage with the offers and university representatives actively, pose inquiries, gather more insights, and ultimately make well-informed decisions about their educational journey.

How does Reverse Admissions work? 

You can kick off the reverse admissions process by completing your profile on the Appily Match platform, which Concourse powers. This process won’t take more than 30 minutes. The profile details your academic background, interests, and ambitions. While there is an option to provide test scores, you need not declare them. You can further enhance your profile by adding career aspirations, interests, and any additional materials you want admissions officers to assess. A counsellor, teacher, or an authorised school administrator must verify your academic credentials. 

Once you submit your profile, the platform pairs you with universities that align with your interests and qualifications. Colleges then assess your profile and send you guaranteed offers of admission. 

What are the benefits of Reverse Admissions? 

Reverse Admissions bring many benefits that could transform the college admission landscape and reshape how students embark on their higher education journey. These benefits include: 

1) Diverse applicant pool: 

Reverse Admissions dismantle barriers, ensuring students from different backgrounds can access higher education opportunities. By actively reaching out to students, colleges can engage with a broader and more varied pool of applicants, including those who might not have previously considered (or even known about)  them.

2) Streamlined admissions process: 

This innovative approach simplifies the college admissions process. Instead of navigating multiple, varying applications and waiting for responses, students create a single profile, which will be reviewed by several Concourse partner colleges worldwide. On average, every student receives 5-6 offers of admission. More than 60 percent of these offers include scholarships or information about additional funding. This method saves time and alleviates the burden on students and their families.

3) Student-centric decision-making: 

Offers of acceptance bundled with scholarships are delivered to both the student and their counsellor, enabling thoughtful discussions and informed choices. Students can then select which colleges to connect with directly, providing participating institutions access to students’ names and contact information for meaningful engagement.

4) No rejections:

In the realm of Reverse Admissions, rejection is non-existent. By removing the application itself, there is nothing to reject in theory. Students only receive messages when they secure acceptances. This approach empowers students to participate at any time during the traditional college application season, giving them ample time to apply to colleges outside the Reverse Admissions programme. Regardless of their choice, the admission offers they already possess boost their confidence and help them plan their finances.

Reverse Admissions is an innovative approach that simplifies the admission process and ensures diverse opportunities, streamlined decisions, and a rejection-free experience, making higher education more accessible and less daunting for aspiring students. 

You may read this blog on how to select the right undergraduate consultant to help you choose an application method that’s right for you or find out about how to ace third-party interviews, which is another game changer in the college application process. For further guidance on your college application, please get in touch. We look forward to assisting you, from shortlisting colleges to selecting them once you receive offers. 

Rebecca Kelley is the Senior Manager of Counsellor Engagement at Concourse Global – an organisation offering free, user-friendly online tools for high school counsellors to find university programmes for students.