Students ask amazing questions about college admissions. Urban legends about how a student, whose qualifications are lower than average, can get into a very selective school have fueled interesting plots in this year's high school seniors. My favorites are:
What is actually true is that all of these tactics can backfire and have the opposite of the desired result. The best ways to increase chances of college admission success are to work hard in high school in challenging courses, prepare the best applicaiions possible and apply to colleges where there is a reasonable expectation of success.