Admission Splatter

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From Education Week comes news of possibly the least fun Facebook application ever. According to an article by Caralee Adams:

Struggling to figure out your chances of getting into the college of your dreams? A new Facebook app launched today can instantly match your profile with any one of 1,500 schools with the goal of predicting the likelihood of you making the cut.

The new tool, AdmissionSplash, was created by 19-year-old Allen Gannett, a student at George Washington University, and 22-year-old Anton Zolotov, a recent GWU graduate.

High school students start by typing in a list of colleges. Then, they fill out a form with their name, address, high school, GPA, SAT/ACT/PSAT score, and anticipated major. Students are given a competitive score of 1 to 100 gauging how much—based on the app’s formula—a college will want them. The chances are then calculated as “fair,” “good,” or “great.” Students have the option of posting the results on their Facebook page.

Just in case anyone is wondering, it can be a little awkward to post those results on your Facebook page. I used the tool and entered the details I can remember from high school. My chances of getting into a surprising number of the colleges I choose, including the one I actually attended, were apparently “poor.”

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer