Imagine you're shopping for a car and you're considering a Toyota or a Ford SUV.
But most of the information you can get about them is:
1. What executives at other car companies think about these vehicles,
2. The average driving skills test score of those who bought them.
You decide on a Toyota, you fill out the paperwork to buy one - but then you have to HOPE that the Toyota company will let you!
Sounds nuts, doesn't it?
That's the apt way that Diane Auer Jones summed up the college admissions process for selective colleges during a speech at at the National Association of Scholars conference yesterday.