There are over 5,000 colleges in the United States. Like other products on the market, consumers are most familiar with the most pricey or otherwise notable institutions. I like to call them the shiney colleges because they distract families from considering other amazing options.
Families who push their children toward the most difficult colleges to enter sometimes kill something precious; the input of their teen. It is easy to get caught up in the prestige of a college as a student and as a parent. It is natural that students and parents like to announce that they are considering colleges that are prestigous.
Another casualty of college prestige can be the relationship between student and parent. This is an unfortunate situation any time but most unfortunate during the last year the student will live at home.