I bet if I'd had great SAT scores, they would have accepted me.
I bet that too. That is a safe bet. I bet if you had performed well on your driving exam, you would have a driver's license right now. I bet if you hadn't burned down that barn, that barn would still be standing. All reasonable assumptions.
The paragraph where she talks about “diversity” reminded me of the affirmative action case that’s before the Supreme Court currently. As if the advantages these students had due to their racial/ethnic privilege throughout their lives are totally balanced out by the fact that they can’t benefit from affirmative action!
My brother just went through the whole college application process a few months ago and so I’ve been thinking a lot about college apps recently. Application numbers, especially for highly ranked schools, were sky-high this year – including at my own alma mater, the University of Chicago, where only a little under 9% of applicants were admitted to the class of 2017. For comparison, it was around 25% when I applied four years ago. The schools love to brag about those numbers, but I’m not sure it’s such a good thing. I suspect there are some very passionate, creative students with incredible ideas out there whose SAT scores are just two percentage points too low for the admissions committees to even look at their resumes.
My personal take-away is a feeling that college apps have become so much about going to “a good college” for your resume, the school’s reputation, etc. But I feel like the students who get accepted and really thrive at their schools of choice are the students who do the research and figure out which college is the best for them personally. Part of the problem is social/class status, and how liberal arts research-focused institutions are perceived as higher-status than, say, community colleges or professional studies programs – and we really need to get past this as a society. Though I acknowledge that these things go both ways: the big name schools have the biggest endowments, which means that they can better serve students who need scholarships. I heard “I’m applying to [Ivy League school] because I might actually get the financial aid I need there” quite a bit. But I’d really like to see an end to the relentless obsession with rankings and numbers.
Like me, millions of high-school seniors with sour grapes are asking themselves this week how they failed to get into the colleges of their dreams. It's simple: For years, they—we—were lied to.
Colleges tell you, "Just be yourself."
What We Seek
Applicants can distinguish themselves for admission in a number of ways. Some show unusual academic promise through experience or achievements in study or research. Many are "well rounded" and have contributed in various ways to the lives of their schools or communities. Others are "well lopsided" with demonstrated excellence in a particular endeavor—academic, extracurricular or otherwise. Still others bring perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances or experiences.
Academic accomplishment in high school is important, but we also seek people with enthusiasm, creativity and strength of character.
Most admitted students rank in the top 10–15 percent of their graduating classes, having taken the most rigorous secondary school curriculum available to them.
Harvard University was the most selective of the bunch, accepting a record-low 5.8% of its 33,531 applicants. It was followed by Yale University, which admitted 6.72% of its record-high 29,610 applicants, and Columbia University, which dropped its acceptance rate from 7.4% last year to 6.89% this year.
... A larger applicant pool helped fuel increased selectivity.
... For many of these schools the ever lower acceptance rates are the result of bulging application pools. According to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the number of high school graduates in the U.S. steadily increased for 15 years before peaking at 3.4 million graduates in 2010–11. But there are still some 3.2 million students graduating each year, and they’re applying to colleges alongside high school seniors from around the world. And all those students are applying to more colleges than ever, thanks in large part to the Common App, a single application and essay that is accepted at 488 schools, including the vast majority of selective schools. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 79% of students in 2011 applied to three or more colleges, up from 67% in 2000. “More people are applying for the same small number of elite colleges than there ever have been — there are a gazillion applications for every spot,” says Rachel Toor, an author, college-admissions counselor and former Duke University admissions officer. “Even when you tell them only 6% get in, they still think, maybe I’ll be the one. Mostly, they’re not.”
"... many [of the] students [who] get accepted into Harvard every year ... are qualified due to plain old academic talent. It's a good thing, too, because most of these students could not afford ... the Harvard tuition. With combined tuition, room and board, and miscellaneous fees costing $53,950-$56,750 for 2010-11 school year, Harvard financial aid is a must for students who want to get an education at a university known for breeding success.
Fortunately, the average Harvard financial aid package is close to $41,000. In addition, about 70% of Harvard students receive some form of aid, with nearly 60% receiving need–based scholarships. This means that for those students who cannot afford the Harvard price tag, the cost of attending the university is not more than that of a low-cost state college.
In fact, thanks to the March 2004 Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, students in households earning less than $60,000 per year pay nothing toward room and board. This goes for both International and U.S. citizens."
To those claiming that I am bitter—you bet I am! An underachieving selfish teenager making excuses for her own failures? That too! To those of you disgusted by this, shocked that I take for granted the wonderful gifts I have been afforded, I say shhhh—"The Real Housewives" is on.
We do not consider home equity or retirement accounts as resources in our determination of a family contribution, and aid packages do not include any loans.
Since 2006, students from families with incomes less than $60,000 who are accepted to Harvard under our regular admissions policies have had no expected parent contribution for their education. Beginning in the fall of 2012, this "zero contribution threshold" will be increased to $65,000. Financial aid is available to all students based on assessed need. Beginning with the class of 2016, families with incomes up to $150,000 will have an average expected parent contribution of 10 percent or less of their income and, as we continue to take individual circumstances into consideration in our assessment of financial need, many families in even higher income brackets also receive substantive financial aid. Families at all income levels who have significant assets will continue to pay more than those in less fortunate circumstances
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