TOP 8 COLLEGE ADMISSIONS MYTHS
#1 My high test test scores will land me in a top college
- High test scores alone (SAT, Subject Tests, ACT, APs) do not guarantee admissions to any school. Don't forget the importance: 1) High GPA and a ranking of 5-10% in your class; 2) Rigor of course load, love of
learning, scholarship, going above and beyond; 3) Teacher recommendations.
#2 College admissions is a fair process
- Not really! Typically 40% of student at top college have a "hook". Who are these students?: 1) Legacy; 2) Recruited athlete; 3) VIP connection; 4) Underrepresented students.
#3 If your parents didn't go to college you'll be at a disadvantage in admissions
- It can actually be better to come from a non-college or low income background for college admissions purposes.
- Colleges now report this statistic (first generation college student).
#4 I've got better odds in college admissions if I go to a private school
- Going to a public high school can actually be better in the long run than going to a "fancy" private school.
- Colleges are trying to diversity - last year. Dartmouth had 69% public high school students.
#5 My high school says they don't rank so colleges won't know where I stand
- Every high school has an official profile that students need to read and become familiar with as that's what admissions officers use to translate the transcript. Here's what's on that profile typically: 1) Demographics; 2)
Grade weighting policy/class rank; 3) Grade distribution or percentile distribution.
#6 I'll wow them in my interview and it will make up for my low scores
- Interviews can give an edge but can't change your range which is determined by scores and grades.
- Interviews can make a student in range more 3-dimensional as a candidate (alumni and/or on campus interview).
#7 I received an email/letter from college x asking me to apply! I'll surely get in
- Colleges often give false encouragement to students (and sometimes send them letters based on PSAT questionnaires and scores asking them to apply).
- That doesn't mean they will get in - it's just marketing - they paid for your data.
#8 Once I've been accepted early decisions, I'm all set and senior year will be breeze. No homework for me!
- Many colleges check the transcript of every accepted in the early decision round to see if they are maintaining a high standard.
- Most early decision acceptance letters clearly state acceptance is "contingent upon successful completion of senior year". Every summer, some students are "unaccepted" from top colleges for letting "senioritis" affect them
and their grades. You can be removed from a college's incoming class if you allow your grades to slip. Keep your grades up and stay motivated!
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