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Will my class rank at the very least put my foot through the door?

JuvenisJuvenis Registered User Posts: 853 Member
edited June 2012 in College Admissions
I know for a fact that I'm in the top 10%, but idk exactly where. I also know that I'm not below the 5% either, so I'm somewhere between 5-10. Assuming that I'm in the top 10% only, is that good enough for top 20 schools? (disregarding HYPS)
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Replies to: Will my class rank at the very least put my foot through the door?

  • magentaturtlemagentaturtle Registered User Posts: 1,138 Senior Member
    Rank isn't everything
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 12,688 Senior Member
    "Assuming that I'm in the top 10% only, is that good enough for top 20 schools? "

    Rank is not important to many top colleges. In fact, about 50% of applicants to top colleges come from HS's that dont rank their students.
    GPA, standardized test scores, EC's, essays, LORs are all much more important than rank.
  • JuvenisJuvenis Registered User Posts: 853 Member
    Really? Thanks, that's a relief. I once heard that everyone who is competitive is at the top 1%
  • Seahawks506Seahawks506 Registered User Posts: 2,526 Senior Member
    Depends on how competitive the school you come from is. Some schools typically send students to top-20 caliber schools even if they're 40/400. Others rarely send even their sal to a top-20 school. Your GC should probably know where you and your school stand in this regard. But just getting your foot in the door (don't put your foot *through* the door, that would be painful) doesn't mean much for acceptances at schools with under 20% admit rates. You also need competitive SAT scores and solid essays/recommendations/etc.
  • JuvenisJuvenis Registered User Posts: 853 Member
    Thanks! lol yeah I'm not that good with idioms :P When I said "put my foot IN the door" I meant am I off to a decent start.
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