1) “Insufficient facts always invite danger.”
Admission rates at the 100 or so most selective colleges have declined significantly over the past 30 years, from 54 percent in 1984 to 32 percent in 2012. Numbers at the Ivies are daunting: 6 percent at Harvard, 6 percent at Yale, 7 percent at Columbia. It is 5 percent at Stanford.
However, top colleges have gotten a lot bigger. Many of the universities have added seats (like Michigan, Berkeley and Boston University), while some huge schools have joined the ranks of the elite (think NYU, USC and UCLA).
It is therefore logical that while it’s more difficult to get into any one top college, getting into one of the top colleges is much easier.
[N.B. Of course, you need to have high SAT, ACT, grades and a great personal statement. Ask a Hillview Prep mentor for details how to do it. ~ your Hillview Prep team.]
Many of you will go to an Ivy League because your family wants you to. Maybe, your friends are going. But do you want to go? Do you know what you really want? If not, check out this blog post by Hillview Prep mentor, Sean Massa, a Yale student.
3) “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”
Be yourself. Every school wants a diverse student body, whatever that means. It could mean a champion Snow Polo player (??); if that's not you, don't be emotional and waste your time pretending that they wanted you. Instead, go all in on your passion. You can’t be a perfect match for 17 different schools, but you can be your best you.
4) “Live long and prosper.”
Remember, you can live long and prosper despite not getting in a top 100 college. However, we at Hillview Prep believe that you can do it. Contact us and let us help you achieve your goals.