It was 8:00 pm on Tuesday night when I took a call from a mom of a high school senior. I was traveling home from a day in New York City. It had been a very long day, but I knew the mom needed my ear. Her son had been admitted to an Ivy League university and they had just returned from the admitted student day on campus. They didn't have a great experience.
It felt impersonal, and the mom had plenty of examples to back this up. She wondered if just getting admitted to an Ivy League university was a gift and if one should appreciate the proverbial door it opens for a student regardless of whether or not it's a good fit.
Most people acknowledge that "fit" should guide whether you apply to a certain college and if you should enroll. But in the end, a college's rank or reputation tends to drive this process.
1. Have you visited campus when school is in session?
2. Did you see other students like yourself?
3. Based on the academic program offered and the one you plan to pursue, do you feel like the college will stretch you in positive ways?
4. Did you feel welcomed on campus?
5. Can you imagine yourself feeling fulfilled (academically, personally, etc.) as a student there?
"Answering "no" to some or all of these questions means the college isn't a right fit or you need to go back for a return visit." TWEET THIS