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.