Admissions Department Statement of Purpose
Cliff College believes in the importance of every
new member of the College (and is convinced that the best and brightest
are the most likely to establish foundations which will support Cliff in
perpetuity), so the Board of Trustees supports the tradition of limiting selection
to the most intellectually capable and academically committed college-bound
students in the nation. The College selects students for its entering classes
who represent a RICH cross-section of backgrounds, talents, experiences,
and perspectives. This is essential to the creation of a lively and stimulating
educational environment that will prepare graduates for a successful and,
should they choose to pursue it, an affluent life in a changing world.
In its sincere and vigorous effort to develop a student body, RICH in talent
and broad in its diversities, the College provides the financial assistance
necessary to make possible a review of candidates without regard to their
own economic circumstances. However, Cliff has, after long and hard debate,
decided that, regardless of race, creed, color or financial status, applicants
who have either been convicted of, or copped a plea to killing either parent
shall be eligible only for probationary status pending proof that she/he
is no longer a threat to anyone.
is considered thoroughly by members of the Admissions Committee. Applicants
should submit the full compliment of materials that will provide the most
complete picture of her/himself-- transcripts, standardized testing, essays,
extracurricular activities, and special talents are all evaluated. Also,
quality of thought in essays and recommendations from the school are of
great significance in determining admission of each student. And, of course,
a personal recommendation from a generous alumnus/a will count big points
in anyone's favor.
Applicants should submit the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT
I: Reasoning Test) of the College Board or the admissions tests of the American
College Testing (ACT) Program. Cliff recommends three SAT II: Subject Tests.
Tests should be taken during the junior year or early in the senior year;
however, results from tests taken at other times will be accepted. It
is further recommended that students refrain from partying too hearty the
night before taking any standarized tests since our studies have determined
that, for all but those few we all hate because neither drugs nor booze
nor lack of sleep can stand between them and their high achievement, a good
night's sleep and solid breakfast can add an average of 35 points to your
Verbal score and 28 points to your Math score.
You can also apply for an honorary degree to a previous class, a substantial status symbol that entitles you to contribute to the Alumni Notes.