Spring is the busiest time for college admissions decisions. If you haven't heard back from all of your colleges, you are about to.
As students in your community hear back as well, it is common to wonder why you or they got admitted to some colleges and not others. Decisions can look very inconsistent to the general public. But there are so many considerations that a college has, from institutional priorities that change year to year to commitments that date back to a college's original charter.
Below are common reasons why admissions decisions could vary even if two students sound similar on paper.
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I try not to get caught up in comparisons because I know that admissions decisions come down to nuances in the end. Instead, I encourage students to focus on where they got admitted and whether or not it is a good fit for them. While families want to know what the difference maker is, oftentimes it is nearly impossible to access this data. Maybe someday colleges will be completely transparent about who they admit and who they don't. Until then, I like to be transparent about what I know in the hopes that it will help as many families as possible.