by Grace aka costofcollege
… Your excellent student, (especially if a white girl, or Asian), in a good school district, with excellent test scores, grades, and a range of ECs is very, very unlikely to get into any school with an acceptance rate under 20%. UNLESS the kid is, or does, something exceptional, or is hooked.
That’s one CollegeConfidential parent’s opinion after going through the college application process with her daughter this year. I suggest you read through the discussion if you’re interested in this topic.
Many families have unrealistic expectations for their “average” excellent kids.
In our town (and all over the Northeast, I suspect), a smart, hard working white or asian girl with good/great stats is a dime a dozen. Actually, I think the same is applies to the boys as well.
We have a number of young men and women who are still shell shocked that they did not get into certain schools. It was all so predictable, and unfortunate that their parents did not “get it”. I know of one mother who is embarrassed her daughter was only accepted to UVA. It’s heartbreaking.
Not all Totebaggers aspire to have their children attend tippy-top colleges. Some just want their children to be academically qualified for the most selective schools so as to be eligible for merit scholarships elsewhere. Other Totebaggers would be happy with their children attending your average state school.