Eugene S. Wilson

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Eugene S. "Bill" Wilson (1905 – February 24, 1981) was Dean of Admission at Amherst College and president of the Association of College Admissions Counselors. In 1990 a building at Amherst College was named the Eugene S. Wilson Admission Center in his honor.


  • For generations prior to the last war, the central problem of admissions at Amherst and similar institutions had been one of recruitmentβ€”finding enough qualified candidates to fill each entering class. Since 1946, however, the central problem of admissions has increasingly been one of selectionβ€” picking the "best" candidates from a great excess of qualified applicants.
    • Said in 1959 per Elizabeth Duffy and Idana Goldberg, Crafting a Class: College Admissions and Financial Aid, 1955–1994, Princeton University Press, 1998, p. 37
  • Educators everywhere must seek new ways to promote the idea that learning is something a student does with books and materials, and a teacher who cares; that learning can happen in college and outside; and that a student's intellectual growth depends far less on geography (which college) than on what advantage he takes of the opportunities which surround him wherever he is.
    • "What's Going On in Schools and Colleges", Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 1961, p. 31
    • A portion of this is quoted earlier in "Education: Little Known", Time, 5 December 1960
  • Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The Quest Quotient has always interested me more than the Intelligence Quotient.
  • Intelligence test scores and marks in school are not always true indicators of the worth of a student, nor even the power of his intellect.
    • Jack R, Maguire, "Editorial: The Case for the C-Average Student", The Alcalde, September 1961, p. 5
  • Too often secondary school counselors seem to press academically talented students toward an early vocational choice. We believe more mistakes are made by an early vocational decision than a delayed decision, especially by students who are intellectually gifted and who possess wide interests.
    • "We're Pushing Out Kids Too Hard", Kiplinger's Personal Finance, March 1968, p. 27