Regular decision results rolled in throughout the month of March and, with them, confusion and uncertainty for applicants who received waitlist letters. What does getting waitlisted mean? How does it impact chances for admission? What can waitlisted candidates do to strengthen their applications? The answers to these questions, as with many aspects of college admissions, … Continue reading Your child got waitlisted…Now what?
GPA and class rank matter to admissions officers less than you think they do. Don't get me wrong — academic performance, measured by grades and relative to other students, weighs heavily in the evaluation process. Because the ways in which high schools calculate GPA and class rank vary so widely, however, admissions officers generally take these … Continue reading Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank: Debunking the Myths
Deans of admission around the country can usually characterize in a phrase or two what they hope a transcript will reflect about a student. Jim Sumner, when he served as the dean of admission and financial aid at Grinnell in the early 2000's, told me that he hoped to see "intellectual engagement." Jane Brown, formerly … Continue reading Course Selection: Balancing Your Child’s Interests with Admissions Considerations
I have a lot to say about academic transcripts and the college admissions process. Before I do, however, I want to talk about parents, kids, and grades. Even the best of us can find it hard to bite our tongues when our children come home with a result that we know does not represent all … Continue reading Parents, Kids, and Grades