Greetings Students and Families!
As our Seniors (2020)  have wrapped up their college applications – including most Early Decision and Early Action College Applicants receiving news by now –(Click to Read about whether Early Decision or Early Action are Right for You),  our Juniors (2021) are getting ready to embark on spring campus visits- and many juniors and well as sophomores (2022) are meeting with college counselors to set their SAT/ACT plans and summer opportunities.


I can guarantee you that there’s no magic formula for being accepted into a selective university, but I can guide you to navigating the college application process as well as increase the likelihood that your student will be successful throughout high school and have a seamless transition to their undergraduate community.
A  few new tips:
College Admissions – building the freshman class.
Admissions officers go way beyond seeking students with perfect GPAs and test scores.  As I wrote in an earlier blog: “The Myth of College Acceptance Rates – 2023 — The Results” the class of 2024 will be balanced across intended majors, gender, location and a host of other factors.  Your student has the intelligence to succeed at several colleges,  but recognize that a freshman class cannot be comprised entirely of female Biology majors from your zip code.  If rejected, it’s truly nothing personal nor necessarily a statement about a student’s inability to succeed.

A student’s GPA and the curriculum are still the most weighted factor in rendering an admissions decision.

Universities seek out students who have taken on leadership roles and who have a variety of genuine interests.  That said, every student must reach a bar of academic accomplishments to be a viable candidate.    Confused about whether to take AP, AICE, IB or even dual-enrolled classes?  Once you recognize that there’s very little difference in curriculum choices across high schools across the US, your focus shifts to selecting electives taken beyond the core required curriculum (4 years English, 4 years Social Studies, etc.).  Challenge and explore! 
College Application & Admissions: AICE/AP/IB - High School Curriculum Planning!
College Application & Admissions: AICE/AP/IB – High School Curriculum Planning!
So Why YOU?

After universities select a huge pool of applicants that have the desired academic credentials, that is when the differences among students begin to matter.  That’s what brings us back to point I reiterate in all my blogs.   Admissions officers look to find the “real you” evidenced in your essays, your listing of extracurricular accomplishments, your recommendations and perhaps even your interview.

You cannot present someone you’re not, and most important-the someone you are-that someone has been shaped well before high school.

What ignites your curiosity? How do you spend your time? 
The experiences our young adults enjoy at home, at school, at extracurricular activities and within their communities are in fact “defining”.  Those experiences allow college admissions officers to build a balanced freshman class. Are you a natural leader, risk-taker, or have a quest for learning (a popular essay prompt). Do the experiences you’ve had describe someone ready to engage? Do you demonstrate an innate empathy, curiosity, or discipline and commitment to “something”?
BE your authentic self!
A final note-for Sophomores (’22) and Juniors (’21):
Universities would like to be your first choice.
I’ve written about “demonstrated interest” which can be expressed sincerely by knowing what ignites your interests in Biochemistry or Politics, etc. so that you are an informed consumer. That’s right ….you’re a consumer!!   While there are a few thousand campuses you can study these and other traditional and unusual majors, it’s essential to do your research.
Learn how to read curriculum maps to  understand everything that distinguishes one university from another.  Let me help you discover how to conduct the research that will allow you to find a perfect fit academically, socially and even within your your financial means.
College Admissions & Financial Aid Tips: College Research- Quick Start
College Admissions & Financial Aid Tips: College Research- Quick Start — NAVIGATING COLLEGE RESEARCH – WHERE TO BEGIN?!
Now that you’re recharged from a wonderful Winter Break– best wishes for an awesome start to 2020!
I know we all appreciate that lasting memories created at your holiday table with family and friends– !
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Educational and College Admissions Consultant
Professor Emeritus  –
Cornell University Alumni Rep
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