Nothing seemed to work this year at certain colleges, even wealth, legacy status or perfect scores. The phone has been ringing, and this is what people are saying:
1. "The college counselor told my son's friend that he shouldn't even apply to Stanford, and he got in. But nobody else did from his school, including the son of a big angel investor guy."
2. "Harvard was a big diss because she's not only a legacy, but someone who could absolutely do the work."
3. "He had off the chart scores and grades, and found out that he was 1/16 Mohegan, just in time to put it on his application. Got into Johns Hopkins, but waitlisted everywhere else."
5. "This is a kid who had 800s on everything, a debate champion and fourth or fifth generation at Princeton, he wasn't even waitlisted."
7. "I hope she likes Vassar well enough to stay on the wait list."
Depressing, right? Maybe not. According to top independent college counselor Kat Cohen, "While the admissions data can be intimidating, there is no need for students to panic. There are 3,700 colleges in the US, and more than 80 percent accept over half of their applicants. So while Harvard's 5.9 percent acceptance rate might seem discouraging, rest assured that there are literally hundreds of excellent schools you may never have heard of, which offer great opportunities to reach your academic and personal goals."
Wise words, Kat. But somehow I cannot imagine Harvard hopefuls ever reaching their personal goals – and those of their parents – at schools they have never heard of.