Yes, that’s right, you can find out what files and notes admissions offices have on you. This article in Forbes, let’s you know how:
In a stunning development in the mysterious world of college admissions, students at Stanford University were able to follow a “tried and tested” five-step process published by Fountain Hopper, an anonymous student-run website at Stanford, to legally obtain their college admissions records. Fountain Hopper’s simple five-step process (they even have a a pre-populated template to submit your request) is based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which mandates that schools must provide students access to their educational records. This means that students can now find out what admissions committees wrote about them and their applications for admission, including numerical values placed on applicant personality rankings, evaluation of student academic records and more.
This development could have a profound impact on college admissions nationwide as students discover why they may or may not have gotten accepted for admission to a college or university, and somehow pass that information along to future college applicants seeking admissions at such Holy Grail colleges. Colleges’ admissions decisions have always been closely guarded secrets, particularly shrouded in mystery at elite colleges that often turn down 90% or more of their applicants. Who gets in and why are two big questions that parents and students have struggled with for years.