Seniors Discuss the Benefits of On the Spot Admission

On November 16th, senior Paige Boudreau walked into the library’s red room. Her heart was racing as she tried to calm her nerves. Boudreau had signed up for The University of Maine at Orono’s On-the-Spot admissions interview. Walking in, she had no idea what to expect, and had told herself not to get her hopes up, in case she was denied.

The red room in the library is the location where the interviews are held.

“I walked into the room and introduced myself. He asked why I had chosen elementary education as my major. I explained that I wanted to make sure kids moved up a grade knowing all that they were supposed to know. Because of the No Child Left Behind program, that may not happen for a lot of kids. The whole time I was just waiting to find out if I got in or not,” said Boudreau. “At the end, he said I had been accepted and asked if I had any questions. I didn’t.”

So what is on the spot admissions? On the spot admissions is when a college admissions representative comes to Thornton Academy and conducts interviews with seniors that have applied to their school. Going into the interview, the representative has already seen the application, transcript, and essay. Instead of being a stressful interview, the senior goes in knowing their fate has already been determined. They answer one or two questions, and find out if they have been accepted into the college. 

“We’ve been doing it for at least five years. It started with just one college and then grew to the colleges we have coming now,” said guidance counselor Abigail More.

This year, over 25 seniors signed up to meet with The University of Southern Maine, who’s acceptance rate is 88%. 

The University of New England, the prestigious school in Biddeford, had about 20 interviews in November, and generally accepts 85% of applicants, while a meager 17% actually enroll.  

The view from Southern Maine Community College’s South Portland campus

Southern Maine Community College offers guaranteed admissions, which is why 77 seniors signed up for their visit in December.

Senior Ella Stillman only applied to UMaine, so getting early acceptance was a huge relief and excitement for her.

I want to go there because when I visited the campus, I could really picture myself there. It also helped that my dad and I were the only people on the tour, so we got to see behind the scenes of the things I was interested in studying,” said Stillman.

According to Collegeboard, “There is no magic number, but five to eight applications are usually enough to ensure that a student is accepted into a suitable institution (depending, of course, on the individual student’s record and circumstances). This number should be made up of a combination of ‘safety,’ ‘probable’ and ‘reach’ colleges.”

I definitely recommend it because it’s a relief to find out early and get your plans in order,” said Stillman. 

Some advice for the class of 2019? Take the SATs seriously, otherwise, when you apply to certain colleges, such as Southern Maine Community College, you will have to take the Accuplacer. Apply early so you don’t have to worry about the stress of deadlines, and try your best senior year.

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