If you’re a high school junior, a recent post on The Choice argues you should pay close attention to this year’s college-admissions outcomes. By noting the results of the most recent crop of applicants, you can gather info on what you’d like to do—and not do—when you apply next year.
Of course, you cannot predict your eventual outcomes based on those of others. However, you can identify general trends in admissions. These include the following:
- The most common decision—acceptance, waitlist, or rejection—that seniors received from schools of a given selectivity.
- The general level of financial aid awarded by specific schools.
- What a well-rounded college list (i.e., one that yields good options) looks like.
If the only thing you take away is that the whole process is sort of unpredictable, that’s also helpful.
So it behooves you to pay attention. As The Choice says, “This will be you in just one short year.”
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