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News! CIM Names Lynn Johnson as New Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Following a nationwide search, the Cleveland Institute of Music is pleased to name Lynn Johnson as the new Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management.

“I’m delighted to welcome Lynn Johnson to join our team in Admissions and Enrollment as we move through the current admission cycle and plan for the future,” said Conservatory Dean Adrian Daly. “Lynn is a truly seasoned music admissions professional who is well known and well respected in the field. She will direct and coordinate all operational activities and strategic initiatives in support of admission to the Conservatory and the Young Artist Program, contributing to the mission, educational goals and objectives of CIM.”

To learn more about CIM’s newest staff member, visit

And then there’s this:
Did you hear about the police officers in Florida that were active Ku Klux Klan members? Hactivist group “Anonymous” broke the story, and when they did, the chief of police fired the officers immediately (an admission of guilt if there ever was one). That’s right, active KKK in the police dept.! Though this is apparently not illegal?!

Are you really going to say black men still getting targeted is a coincidence? That white people have it just as bad?

—  Robb Flynn
How to Get Into Stanford with B’s on Your Transcript: "The Insider Advantage"
Steve and David

Let’s try a simple experiment. Imagine that you’re an admissions officer at a competitive college, and you’re evaluating the following two applicants:

  • David — He is captain of the track team and took Japanese calligraphy lessons throughout high school;  he wrote his application essay on the challenge of leading the track team to the division championship meet.
  • Steve — He does marketing for a sustainability-focused NGO; he wrote his application essay about lobbying delegates at the UN climate change conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Who impresses you more? 

For most people, there’s little debate: Steve is the star.

But here’s the crucial follow-up question: Why is Steve more impressive than David?

The answer seems obvious, but as you’ll soon discover, the closer you look, the more hazy it becomes. To really understand Steve’s appeal, we will delve into the recesses of human psychology and discover a subtle but devastatingly power effect that will change your understanding of what it takes to stand out.

The Failed Simulation Effect
Accomplishments that are hard to explain can be much more impressive than accomplishments that are simply hard to do.

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- Cal Newport


Legos! … In typical UChicago fashion.

Besides being a fantastic Creative Director and Web Developer in the Admissions Office, Dan is also a professional AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego.) This past weekend, he recreated Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Harper Memorial Library

Friday night has arrived: what better time to erect your own Lego creation? Send them our way… and we may post them on the Tumblr!

The Office of Admission (and the rest of Ripon College) is closed starting today until January 5th. If you need to get in contact with us, leave a message in one of the following ways:

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We’ll respond to your message as quickly as we can on January 5th! Have a happy holiday season and winter break!

17914) I have a short amount of time until college applications are due, but I can't even focus on them because I'm too busy restricting and fasting and looking at the scale. I just want to be skinny for college, but I can't go if I don't apply. I had an interview with an admissions officer and I thought I wouldn't get in because I'm fat. I have a near perfect GPA and ACT score but I still think my weight determines my acceptance. This life is hell.