Friday, May 06, 2011

college admission myths

Its been nearly thirty years since I have graduated from University but am still interested in college admission myths that was detailed here

Myth No. 1: Getting rejected means you're just not [insert school name] material.
There are to many application to be processed e.g. Harvard, for instance, saw 34,950 applications of which 2,158 go in. So scarcity rather then pure merit drives the process.

Myth No. 2: You're going to earn based on where you learn.
Found that individual characteristics like aptitude, working hard and leadership are more important the only exception is minority students and students from families with less education overall earn better because of social capital they confer. .

Myth No. 3: Affirmative action rigs the process.
Race-based affirmative action decreased especially after the Supreme Court ruling that it cannot be an overriding fator for admissions at Public Universities. Being an athlete or a family member who attended the school has a better chance of rigging the process.

Myth No. 4: Once you choose a school, you're stuck for four years.
1 in 3 students transfer during their collegiate career, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling. While it's slightly harder to get in as a transfer student (on average, 64% of transfers are accepted, while 69% of first-year admissions are). So hopefuls can wipe their high school slate clean and start afresh. Who says there are no second chances?


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