Behind the Scenes, Admissions Offices Conquer Mounds of Mail

If coming back to work after winter break seems daunting, consider the plight of college-admissions officials. While most high-school students are breathing a sigh of relief after finally submitting their applications, those on the receiving end are rolling up their sleeves. January is crunch time for many admissions offices, and it's common for admissions deans to spend long hours at the office while the rest of their campuses are eerily quiet.

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