What does an ideal incoming class look like?

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What does an ideal incoming class look like?

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

What does an ideal incoming class look like?

An ideal class would include students with diverse academic interests, intellectual passions, special artistic and athletic talents, and backgrounds. Majors will be appropriately subscribed, the rosters of sports teams will be filled, plays and concerts will be put on, and students will learn from each other.

Andrew Belasco
CEO College Transitions LLC

What does an ideal incoming class look like?

Despite beliefs to the contrary, an ideal incoming class does not consist of "well-rounded" students. Instead, an ideal incoming class consists of many students who specialize--in athletics, music, theater, or a particular academic subject--and who coalesce to form a "well-rounded" student body that is capable of contributing to the many different pursuits in which all colleges are presently engaged. As such, it is important that applicants come across as authentic and focused. In other words, they should forget the laundry list of activities and concentrate on the academic and extracurricular endeavors that truly matter to them, regardless of their popularity and regardless of what other think. If students can remain true to themselves, they will become better people and better college applicants