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Spring 5-9-2018

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Aaron Bobrow-Strain


"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?

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Whitman College‚ College applications -- Essays‚ College admission officers‚ Universities and colleges -- Public relations‚ Race‚ Whites‚ Wealth‚ Outdoor recreation‚ Students -- Economic conditions‚ Students -- Social conditions‚ Students -- Academic workload‚ College students‚ Relaxation‚ Social sciences‚ Walla Walla (Wash.)‚ Whitman College 2018 -- Dissertation collection -- Politics Department

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