“Need Blind Admission” means that a student’s financial situation will not be taken into consideration when deciding to admit, wait-list, or deny an applicant. In other words, the student’s ability to pay for a college education is not a factor in whether or not they get in. Students are only reviewed based on their merit—GPA, class rank, test scores, essays, accolades, interviews, etc.
What does that mean for your application?
While reviewing your application, the admissions team won’t be looking at FAFSA forms, financial information, or financial need requests. Many students prefer need-blind schools because—while it doesn’t necessarily increase their odds of admission—it does eliminate the potential of being rejected purely on a financial need basis.
Need blind schools award a lot of financial aid
Need-blind schools often offer substantial financial aid packages for their students who are in financial-need—however, it does not necessarily mean they’ll fully meet an applicant’s demonstrated need. In fact, it’s possible for need-blind schools to admit students that ultimately can’t attend because the is too high for their situation. Most universities can’t offer financial aid to every single one of their students; those schools that do, are typically highly selective and very difficult to get into.
Need blind doesn’t mean everyone
A college listed as need-blind admission doesn’t necessarily mean it admits every type of student on a need-blind basis. They may be need-blind for all first-time, domestic (US-based) applicants, but may not for international students, transfer students, or wait-listed students. Of course, some schools may be need-blind for domestic and transfers, but not international or wait-listed students. It varies from school to school.
Need sensitive or need-aware
If a school doesn’t have need blind admissions, it’s need-sensitive (or need-aware). Need-sensitive colleges will consider the financial need of a student while reviewing their application. Need-sensitive schools tend to look for a diverse class, and so have programs in place to help low-income students pay for tuition and other costs.
Need-Blind Schools in America:
|California Institute of Technology|
|Cal Poly San Luis Obispo|
|Carnegie Mellon University|
|Claremont McKenna College|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)|
|Florida State University|
|Harvard Business School|
|Harvey Mudd College|
|Jewish Theological Seminary|
|Johns Hopkins University|
|Lewis & Clark College|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)|
|Mount St. Mary’s College|
|North Carolina State University (NCSU)|
|New York University (NYU)|
|North Central College|
|Olin College of Engineering|
|San Jose State University (SJSU)|
|Soka University of America|
|St. John’s College|
|St. Olaf College|
|State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry|
|The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)|
|Thomas Aquinas College|
|University of Chicago|
|University of Illinois at Chicago|
|University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business|
|University of Miami|
|University of New Hampshire|
|University of North Carolina|
|University of Notre Dame|
|University of Pennsylvania|
|University of Richmond|
|University of Rochester|
|University of Southern California (USC)|
|University of Vermont|
|University of Virginia|
|University of Washington|
|Wake Forest School of Medicine|
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