Admissions Director Holds Key To U of Washington's Door

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What does it take to be admitted to the University of Washington? If Philip Ballinger could boil it down to one word, it would be this:

Gumption.

Or try a fishing metaphor. The UW's director of admissions, a consummate Alaska outdoorsman, describes the best applicants as salmon, swimming upstream tirelessly against the current to meet their goals.

"Going with the flow is not sufficient," he said. "Being a fish heading downstream just won't do it."

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