Most highly selective universities engage in the following review process:
1. Applications are sorted or filtered based on institutional review processes (i.e., geographic region, academic program, ethnicity, high school, etc.).
2. First review is often conducted by either a seasonal application reader or regional admission manager.
3. Second review us often conducted by a more experienced admissions officer.
4. After two rounds of review some files are ready for a decision and others require additional discussion by an admissions committee.
Understanding the process can help inform strategy.