VIP Applications: What are they?
This fall, a number of high school seniors will receive a personalized e-mail or letter congratulating them for qualifying for a special “V.I.P. Application.”
V.I.P. Applications are applications sent from colleges to select students encouraging them to attend the school. The VIP applications offer a fast-track, simplified application process and often stress the offer being good for a “Limited time.”
Select students are typically those with SAT scores that fall within a certain range. Students who are out-of-state high-achievers are also common recipients.
Some schools send these applications to students who merely requested information or visited campus.
VIP Applications also come under the names “Presidential Select,” “Select Scholar,” “Priority Application,” and others.
These special applications are a marketing ploy with benefits for both the school and the student.
BENEFITS TO COLLEGES
Colleges use these VIP Applications to appear more “selective.” These applications help increase a School’s applicant pool as well as strategically raise the average SAT scores of their applicants. These applications also increase a School’s chances of yielding students from this desirable pool.
BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
V.I.P. applications are quick and easy to fill out. Many times the student’s name and address are already filled out. Typically they don’t require a long essay and applying is free.
Since students are urged to return the application or apply online earlier than the college’s regular deadline, students often get the chance to receive an early acceptance to a school. Having an acceptance so early in the application process can ease anxiety.
An acceptance is not a binding commitment.
If you received a VIP Application, feel flattered and complete it only if you have some interest in the school.