Understanding “fit” at Whitman College : the role of race and class in crafting Whitman’s student body
Lilia May Cohen
May 9, 2018
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"Fit" is a category employed at many stages in the college admissions process. In this thesis project, I have identified three locations that serve as windows in to how "fit" acts: the former Whitman College application supplemental essay, [as well as the admission decisions themselves], admission officers' understanding and use of the word "fit," and public relations material produced by the college. These sites where "fit" is forged and mobilized prompted questions: What role does "fit" play in the admissions process? How is "fit" used and determined?