Instant gratification in college admission

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The night before her interview with a Rider University admissions counselor, Katelyn Zemlak, a Washington Township High School senior, cheerleader captain, and aspiring teacher, was so nervous that she almost forgot she didn't have an outfit to wear.

The next morning, she still had the jitters when she met Rider's Ed Stone at her school for a chance to find out on the spot if she would be accepted. But the affable admissions counselor complimented her 200-point SAT score jump from last spring to the fall. He asked her why she thought she and Rider would be a good fit, and told her about the school's education program.

About 15 minutes in, Stone smiled and said: "Katelyn, I would like to say congratulations. You've been admitted to Rider University."

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