How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

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How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

For some students and families it is all about selectivity. That is fine if that is the type of environment you will be comfortable in for the next 4 years. Other applicants may not want to buy in to the pressure to succeed and feel there is more to the college experience than prestige. Be cautious when noting statistics put out by the recruitment folks. They are obviously only going for a positive spin and if you dig a little deeper you might find they haven't shared the whole picture. Do your own homework and pay attention to what feels right to you.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

Selectivity is important to consider when determining if a school is a good match. It can be misleading however, since many schools are very self selective. Therefore, a school with a 10 percent admission rate is not necessarily better than a school with a 20 percent admission rate.

Kathleen Harrington
Owner New Jersey College Consulting

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

When conducting your research on chosen colleges you must be aware of what the average acceptance rate...the lower the percentage accepted, the more selective the school. When applying, understand your chances of getting in to highly selected schools. A well balanced list that contacts a well balanced list of highly selective and selective schools, given you meet a majority of the criteria, will most likely lead to a successful college application process.

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

When applying to colleges, it is important for you to understand the school's selectivity. The more selective a college is, the less likely it is that you will get accepted even if you are a qualified candidate. Selectivity is not a measure of how good a fit the college is. it is a measure of how likely it is that you will receive the "fat" envelope with an acceptance letter.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

Of course selectivity is an ambiguous term therefore I will answer based on my perception of the question. Selecting colleges is a very important part of your success. I typically encourage students to apply to 1 DREAM school, 1 Great School (one you like and is known for your major), 2 QUALITY REALISTIC schools that you can receive a quality education and afford to attend, and finally at least 1 IN-STATE School. Always keep in mind major, affordability, and social life.

Henry DelAngelo
High School Counselor 20 + years Your Key to College

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

A schools selectivity rating is just one piece of information to consider when evaluating colleges. So selectivity ratings can be helpful but should not be looked at as the only way to choose a school.

Brittany Maschal
Founder/Director B. Maschal Educational Consulting

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

It is very important some some students/parents and less important for others. Not everyone wants to go to a selective school. Not every students is prepared for or would do well at a selective school. It is really up to you, but selectivity does not need to matter. More important is that you find a school where you can be successful, get the education you want/need to reach your goals, and have an awesome four years. Affordability is also a factor at the top of the what matters list.

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

I would be very careful about using selectivity as the sole or major factor in evaluating a college. There are some wonderful schools that are not incredibly selective (often state schools fall in this category) and some not as good schools that spend a lot of time trying to expand their applicant base in order to become more selective. However, you should certainly look at the average test scores, average GPAs and acceptance rates to see if a school makes sense for you to apply to.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

You should be as selective as selective colleges. Selectivity means how hard a college is to get into. It is determined by the number of applicants/numbers of acceptances. Some colleges are highly selective, while some are not. That does not always mean the quality is less with less selective colleges. You should match yourself to colleges that meet your qualifications and needs. Have a variety of colleges on your list. You should be selective to in which colleges you elect to apply to.

Ronald Harris

How important is selectivity in evaluating colleges?

Increased selectivity means better students are going to all colleges, broadening your choice of schools with a high achieving student population.The number of applicants is rising, making admissions more competitive. Students and parents should consider a range of schools, rather than focusing on a specific institution.