Q&A: When doing college admissions, what would be a more reliable source, guidance counselor or internet people?
Question by Lolz: When doing college admissions, what would be a more reliable source, guidance counselor or internet people?
Okay so my nephew is having an issue. His SAT score is very high but his GPA is mediocre, his guidance counselor is telling him to apply to at least one reach school like Stanford or Yale but the people on sites like college confidential are telling him not to waste his time.
Also I have found that the information on college confidential contradicts the information most guidance counselors, college admissions officers and others give out.
Is college confidential really that reliable of a site?
funny thing, I actually found this question
Answer by K
Ask someone named hmom5. She’s pretty much right about everything…
CC is pretty reliable, you just have to sort through the stupid optimists (3.5 GPA is okay, just apply to Harvard and Princeton) and stupid pessimists (Only 2300? LOL! Retake that).
CC is more reliable than the average guidance counselor, especially one that doesn’t often send kids to top 10 colleges.
Top colleges try to underplay the difficulty of admissions. Princeton says “admission to Princeton is quite difficult”. In reality it’s amazingly difficult.
CC people will tell you that if you’re not a VIP case, you need to be the absolute best in your high school to have a good chance. This is correct.
Harvard might say “Oh, we’re looking for personality” and all of that jazz but you need to be a top student first. That means top GPA and top scores.
CC is mostly correct. Listen to the most pessimistic advice you can find on there (unless it’s completely unreasonable like someone telling you to retake a 2300 SAT score).
Most people are absolutely clueless about admissions at top colleges. People on CC know a lot more.
I’ve learned that about 40% of seats at top schools are not for traditional students but are reserved for the likes of athletes, minority (Black, hispanic) students, legacies (kids who are connected through family), and children of donors. 60% is left for the top students and the competition to get one of these non-VIP seats is amazingly harsh.
Think about it, if the top 25% of Harvard has a math SAT of 790 or above… that’s probably not the athletes who are getting those scores. The VIP kids make up the bottom end of the class and the regular kids must make the upper… and these regular kids have outstandingly amazing credentials.
If you can’t compete, don’t apply. There are no miracles in this game.
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