Letters to the Editor

Praise for Andover’s Leap to Need-Blind

To The Editor:
I am writing to thank The Phillipian for its great reporting on the new need-blind admissions policy. I would also like to thank all of the members of the Andover community who have helped make need-blind admissions, a goal at the forefront of Andover affairs for as long as I can remember, a reality. To finally be a school where any student, regardless of socioeconomic status, can apply and be considered equally is truly a milestone in Andover’s 229-year history. Our need-blind admission status has already become a source of pride for me, and it is something that I have not hesitated to brag about to my college peers who went to other New England prep schools. At the same time, I would also like to bring notice to the article “Faculty Discuss Composition of Student Body” in the November 16 edition and how much more relevant it is only two weeks after its publication. I am currently in a position where I speak to many parents of bright middle and high scholars, and when I mention boarding school as an option for their children, they still dismiss the idea because of their preconceptions. Even though Andover has taken great strides in terms of creating a diverse student body, I hope it uses this opportunity to gain attention nationwide and teach people the truth about Andover; we’re about big brains and the non sibi attitude, not deep pockets. ? Sincerely, Arjun Sharma ’07?