Well...first of all, I'm a Questbridge applicant who is quietly apprehensive about whether or not he'll be selected as a finalist. I'll be gone at DiVOH (Amherst tour) during the 22nd, which makes it even more nerve-wracking
But, as you guys all know, we need to decide whether or not to match by the 15th, a full week before we find out who moves on as finalists. I'm having a lot of turmoil over this - I've already talked about it with my parents, but they're spiritual people (not that there's anything wrong with that) - which means they "believe there's a chance"
. They're saying to do the match process, in the slim event that I get accepted full-ride to a prestigious university.
Unfortunately for me, I'm a realist, which means I'm more of a hardlined stats kind-of-guy. I'm pondering over whether to go drop the match process and go ED to my #1 Amherst, or try my hand at the match process. Keep in mind, if I were to match, I would pick only schools I'm acquainted with -- and not necessarily pick 8 schools to match to. I'd definitely do some of the non-binding schools, not all however - not one like MIT.
The chance to apply to a large majority of the great Questbridge partner colleges is very tempting - but I know how astronomical the acceptance rates are. A school like Amherst only took 7 students last year via match, while 32% of ED Amherst students were admitted. However, there's always the risk of rejection from ED, which means I won't even get a 2nd chance to receive admission. If I were to get rejected from match, I could always try RD - that'd be a guaranteed option.
The unofficial EFC calculators put me slightly above 0, and I'm somewhere around 100-200. I hear that an EFC of 0 is highly prioritized in the match process, and some schools (like Yale) only take students with an EFC of 0. In terms of academics, my GPA isn't up-to-par, but my SAT well exceeds the averages of the schools. Would applying via the match process help me stand out among the applications?
I want to take full advantage of the opportunity if it arrives, and I was hoping for some peer advice. So, I end with the question - Are you matching?