It’s almost fall, which means that a whole new set of seniors are starting their last year of high school. This means that a group of students will have to formulate a list of reach, target and safety colleges to apply to. Some will hire expensive private college counselors to help them establish a list. Others will try and develop a list of safety schools, target schools and reach schools on their own, with maybe the help of a school counselor. And, many will make the mistake of only applying to Ivy League Colleges or top colleges in USA. These students may end up at the local junior college after their senior years.
I am sure you are very intelligent. I am sure your parents have labeled you as brilliant, smart, a gift to mankind. But, guess what? There are millions of parents out there who think the same thing about their children. It doesn’t mean that you will be accepted into one of the Ivy League colleges or other top colleges in USA. But, it really doesn’t matter because your goal should be to get into a college where you can excel.
Students must be honest about their achievements. This means that if you received a Bs and Cs on your report card, your chances of getting into any of the Ivy League colleges is slim. I don’t care if you went to the most expensive private school, have a 2400 on the SAT or are class president. Your chance of getting into any of the Ivy League colleges is slim anyway, but a poor or average academic performance further diminishes the chances of you getting in.
Find a Balance: Reach Schools, Safety Schools and Target Schools
Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t apply to the Ivy League colleges. You can apply to whatever schools you want to, even with poor academic performance. Maybe, you will encounter a sympathetic admissions officer. Who knows? However, no one should expect guaranteed admission to an Ivy League college unless you receive straight As, a 2400 on the SAT, have alumni as parents, have participated in a great deal of noteworthy extracurricular activities and have parents willing to donate millions for a library if accepted. Then, I would say that the chance of getting into one of the Ivy League colleges is pretty high. But still, it’s not a guarantee that you will get into an Ivy League school.
Find the Best School for You
Students must realize that they can be successful in pretty much any school they apply to as long as the do key things in college. This includes doing well in academic classes, participating in extracurricular activities and gaining relevant work experience by participating in Internships. You don’t have to attend any of the Ivy League colleges or any of the top colleges in USA to do any of that. So, if you are a senior applying to colleges, apply to few colleges that you will probably get into. After all, the point of all of this is to get a quality college education.