42, a non-proﬁt, tuition-free, computer programming school is not only disrupting the traditional education model, but also the traditional admissions process. By ignoring their academic or ﬁnancial standing and thus allowing them to distinguish themselves by their talent and motivation, each candidate is placed on a level playing ﬁeld. This allows these individuals to transform their destiny and start anew, like a blank page.
When applying to universities, students can be certain that their GPA, SAT/ACT scores, written essays and perhaps even their extracurricular activities will help determine their eligibility to be admitted into a university. What is viewed as a way to ensure that admitted students will be capable of following the traditional academic curriculum, also ensures that those who do not ﬁt into the mold will not be able to enter. While this is an effective way to ensure that those who are applying for a speciﬁc institution will be able to succeed there, new alternative institutions and procedures of recruitment need to be presented to ensure a greater variety of talent.
Brilliant minds are everywhere, and our inability as a society, to be able to engage these individuals in higher education through a limited amount of opportunities is squandering our potential. The greater need for more educational opportunities has become more evident since the 1980’s, as there has been an accelerating trend towards a higher demand for skilled rather than production related labor. As a result, more individuals are in the need of those skills which 1 will allow them to integrate into the rapidly evolving workforce. Continual reliance on what an individual has or has not accomplished in their academic past, or current ﬁnancial standing, risks blinding institutions to their potential.