juicebox wrote:Hi Mike and Karen - Are applications considered confidential? In other words, if an admissions officer reads a file from an applicant applying from a particular school or company, is s/he entitled to call somebody they may know to ask about the candidate, or even mention it in passing (i.e. I saw Mike applied, his application is great!)? Thanks!
They can (and do) call your recommenders. Other than that, they are pretty much confidential. Indeed, even if a law faculty member not on the admissions committee wants to see your faculty to write YOU a letter of rec it shouldn't be shared. If an applicants misrepresents themselves, and a school finds out, they do share with other schools though.
The day you matriculate you are protected by FERPA and The Buckley Amendment and then it becomes highly confidential.