We all know what the ‘adcom’ is: the Admissions Committee who will be deciding your fate when you submit your application to business school.
But do you know who the ‘adcon’ is?
‘Adcon’ would be admissions consultants – not all of them perhaps – but what this jaded Snark feels is a good majority of them. Especially when such adcon are trying to take the place of the adcom.
They surely have good intentions. We like to see the best in people and we doubt that they are meaning to be evil. Some of them, though, deserve the ‘adcon’ label with their extreme misguidedness.
And some of them seem even more arrogant than the earnest BSers we come across.
Case in point: Admissions consultants who tell you what your chances are for getting into School X. When you post your GMAT and GPA and years of work experience. On an Internet forum.
OK yes, we can see soliciting feedback on your profile, and having admissions consultants tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly. We try to offer some advice here and there that does exactly that. We throw out plenty of opinions. No problem there (usually. when your opinions are based on reality. which not everyone’s are.)
But waitaminit. Who in h3ll can handicap people’s chances of getting into bschool — with nearly zero information??? It’s ridiculous.
WHO IN HELL CAN TELL YOU IF YOU’LL GET IN OR NOT — EXCEPT FOR THE ADCOM?
That’s adcom who get to make the decision. Not adcon.
Yes it’s possible to evaluate a candidate’s chances of success at a given school — that’s what a good admissions consultant does all the time. But there is NO WAY that anyone can say what your chances are without knowing the stories that you would be presenting in your essays.
Boy this one pisses the ‘Snark off. Because it’s misinformation at its finest — and it’s taking control of the admissions process away from the ones who actually have the control.
The Admissions Committees are the ones who get to call these shots. Nobody else. To ascribe a percentage chance of success to you based on scant information is doing NOBODY any favors — and it’s skewing the system inappropriately. If someone decides not to apply to Stanford or Harvard or whatever because some bozo said they have a 0% chance… or 20% chance… or whatever chance… now THAT is royally unfair.
Sure it’s just an opinion, and we’ve told plenty of BSers our opinions before, that we think theirs would be a long shot at School X, etc. But when it’s posted on the Internet from some “expert” — WITH NUMBERS ASSOCIATED TO IT — this ranking which makes it sound so official and final and decided — well, then we call that “expert” an adcon.
Here’s the deal.
NOBODY can say “yes” or “no” to an applicant on the basis of a brief profile sketch.
If bschool decisions could be made that way – wouldn’t the schools just ask for this tad bit of info on you candidates and decide your fate and be done with it???
No. They ask for more. Maybe not much more, as in the case of HBS these days — but more. They don’t give you a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ based solely on a few empty stats.
It seems a little UNFAIR for someone to be calling the shots on how the bschools will respond to your application, when the bschools have not SEEN your application — and neither has the someone.
All we can say about this practice is CAVEAT EMPTOR