For many, it's a tough time. For some, it's the first time these mostly high-achieving kids have ever been turned down for anything! They are great students - high grade-point average, high ACT/SAT scores, yet they were turned down by the college of their dreams!
There's really no one answer as to why but a recent Time Magazine article may give some clues. The article states admissions are low this year, that there's been a dramtic decline in acceptance rates, primarily due to budgetary contraints.
Some say colleges and universities are looking for kids who engage in activities that are genuine. In other words, that mission trip may have looked good on resumes a few years ago but doesn't work now. The Time article also points out that employers seem to value experience, confidence and yes, even looks, more than what college a prospective employee attended.
So what does this all mean for college-bound high-schoolers? Well, perhaps have a second, third and fourth choice in mind. Hold off on buying that dream college sweatshirt! As a parent you also have to ask yourself: is my child's first choice really his or her choice, or mine?
My son (a high school sophomore) has a dream school on his short list for colleges too but we're also realistic in trying to guide him to a school that's a good fit for him. We tell him what matters most is what you put into your education. We also tell him to do what you love and things will fall into place.
Life is full of bumps in the road. And getting turned down by your dream college is just that: a bump. A little one at that!