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What if they don't get in?

Much as I like to write about student success, I think it is also important to understand experiences that are not so successful. Sometimes one of the first serious academic disappointments experienced by students is a letter from a college admission department that indicates that a student is not being accepted at a college of his choice.
There are many reasons that a student is not accepted for admission to a college:
  • not meeting admission deadlines
  • hastily written essays on the application
  • high school grades and test scores not competitive with other applicants
  • high school course choices missing minimum required courses
  • low critical reading score on the SAT
  • academic goals incompatible with programs offered by a college
  • student disciplinary record
  • school counselor or teacher evaluation that is negative
  • clues in a student essay that he is not interested in a college
  • clues in a student essay that his personality is not compatible with the personality profile of students at a college
  • clues in a student essay that he is not altruistic
  • lack of involvement in student activities in high school
  • lack of involvement in community
  • no leadership positions
  • student exceeds admission criteria but there is not enough room at the college to accept all qualified students who apply
  • student exceeds admission criteria but college has already admitted a sufficient number of students like him and seeks to fill another geographical or other demographic objective
  • student has a negative admissions interview
Because there is no guarantee that any student will be accepted at a college, it is critical that students apply to 8 to 10 colleges and present themselves well at every opportunity.

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