Sarah Bee Posted January 24, 2014 Share Posted January 24, 2014 Just thought of sharing this. College acceptances have started to roll in for high-school seniors, and for the next several months, much of the focus of the national media will be on those students vying to get into the three dozen or so most selective colleges and universities in the country. By May, we’ll hear campuses, such as Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton, bragging about how they accepted on 1 out of every 10 applicants this year, and set another record for applications and the number of students they rejected, including hundreds of high-school valedictorians. Although these elite institutions enroll fewer than 6 percent of American college students, you might conclude from these stories that very few students are accepted into college in the United States. Not so. There are some 5,300 colleges and universities in the U.S., and the vast majority of them accept far more applicants than they reject. But for some parents and students today, college admissions has turned into a game, where getting to Go seems to be ultimate goal rather than the education or degree itself. Consider the reactions of a few students and their parents who found out last week that they didn’t get accepted into the University of Virginia, one of the nation’s most elite universities, which accepts fewer than 30% of students who apply. Here’s what one parent wrote on a blog maintained by a senior assistant dean of admissions at the university, which gives outsiders a rare window into the admissions process: As a parent I find myself stunned my daughter was denied...over 1360 on the SATs, almost a perfect 800 on the writing, ranked 6in her class and straight As and A+ all 4 years. Add to that on the varsity track team for 4 years, active in her community and carrying a full AP COURSE load this year where she's carrying a 4.8 out of a possible 5.0. Scratching my head wondering how she wasn't acceptable. Or from some students: Pretty confused as to how I didn't get in. With a 4.3 GPA, a 34 on the ACT, and being a National Merit Semifinalist, I'm wondering what could've been missing from my application for UVA to have denied me. I have had my heart set on UVA since last year, and it kind of sucked to find out I wasn't accepted. It was the only school I cared about, and even though it was too expensive for me and my mom...I don't know what I did wrong. Lots of factors influence the crafting of class at these top colleges, and in recent years that task has become even more difficult as applications have flooded these institutions (sometimes encouraged, of course, by the colleges themselves). At the very top of American higher education, there are few differences in quality between schools. In other words, they are all good. But trying to tell parents their Johnny or Suzie is not the brightest student in the class or thebest athlete despite the fact that they received an A in every class since middle school and a trophy for just showing up all these years is sometimes impossible. It’s highly unlikely that any of these students will skip college or end up at a school of much lower quality because they weren’t accepted to UVA. Jeannine Lalonde, the senior assistant dean who writes the UVA blog, told me that most of the comments that I saw were written in the heat of the moment, minutes or hours after the university released the decisions for those students who applied early (another set of decisions go out later this spring). “It’s a tough night, but I think most will move on quickly. In a few weeks, they’ll be excited about some other wonderful school,” she said. But whether intentional or not, we’ve created a sense of entitlement among high-school students these days who have excelled within their own little world for much of their adolescence. College admissions is perhaps the first time where they are competing with a much wider world of talent, much like the one that they are about to enter for the rest of their lives. A lesson in rejection is a good one to have at a young age as it makes you appreciate what follows even more and allows you to take No as an answer in stride in the future. While I congratulate those students accepted to UVA last week, they will have to wait a bit longer for that life lesson. Source: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140122172026-17000124-why-a-rejection-letter-from-harvard-or-other-top-colleges-can-be-surprisingly-helpful?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0 snakex 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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