As our seniors think about which schools they want to attend, colleges and universities watch their confirmation numbers daily as they hope students will choose their school. There is concern on the college/university side about enrollment dropping nationwide as explained in this article. While the highly rejective schools are receiving record breaking numbers of applications, many schools are seeing a student shortage. What does this mean for applicants? This translates to the top tiered schools becoming even more selective while the remaining schools being even more welcoming. Creating a balanced list is more important than ever, and we want to see all our students receive offers as well as denials. The range of decisions is important because it signals that the student applied to a range of schools.
Like many families, spring break is a time for visiting colleges, and the same is true for many independent counselors, including us. This month, Anu visited several schools in southern California and has included some photos below. In our software she has written notes about her visits which our clients can find in our software.
Almost all of our juniors have received their college lists and we hope they're getting to know the schools we recommended so we can make any necessary adjustments. We've had a few juniors join us recently and we are working on getting their lists to them as soon as possible.
All of our students have summer plans that are pretty solid at this point and are looking super!
This month's reading includes this timely and beautiful article regarding what parents/family should give kids when a top-tier school may not be best. Our favorite quote from it is: "...the prestige of the college a student attends is not necessarily a direct indicator of their success in life."