In all of your years working with students, what were some of the most unexpected admissions successes you witnessed?

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In all of your years working with students, what were some of the most unexpected admissions successes you witnessed?

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

In all of your years working with students, what were some of the most unexpected admissions successes you witnessed?

One of the most unexpected admissions successes that I witnessed in all of my years working with college students was when I worked with a young girl who had a gpa of 1.7 and through assisting her with her personal statements and other college admission processes along with going to the school she wanted to attend which was a private elite college she received an acceptance letter along with scholarship notifications.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

In all of your years working with students, what were some of the most unexpected admissions successes you witnessed?

Years ago, when 2 of my students gave the interviewers their business cards - it surely was the deciding factor that put them over the edge, and I've been recommending they have one ever since! Another was getting a student admitted in the fall when her acceptance letter was for the winter! That was a real unexpected coup.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

In all of your years working with students, what were some of the most unexpected admissions successes you witnessed?

The most unexpected successes I have witnessed involve students with less than stellar grades being excepted at Ivy League colleges. It does not happen often, but excelling in other areas can make up for a lackluster academic record. Especially if a student writes compelling essays illustrating their unique talent and experience.