Why Personal Statements in Academic Admissions Are (Mostly) a Waste of Time

It’s one of the biggest challenges of academic admissions: how can admissions departments form a holistic assessment of a candidate, one that takes both academic performance and personal characteristics into consideration? Unlike academic performance, for which there are statistically reliable predictors for future academic…

Reference Letters in Academic Admissions: Useful or Useless?

In the world of academic admission tools, the reference letter is an old favourite. For the better part of a century, college and university applicants have been asked to supply a letter written by a mentor, boss or teacher that testifies to the applicant’s…