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Do colleges do "research" on one's high school?


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  • roethlisburgerroethlisburger 2806 replies154 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 11
    Ok but colleges are not expecting kids to transfer out of their neighborhood school, if that were the case, no kids from lower-income families whose hs offer zero APs would get into these selective schools, but they do.

    I wouldn't say elite colleges expect kids to transfer, so much as they're content not to admit those students.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29422 replies58 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The AOs do not know every school in their areas and they do not always do a lot of research. They tend to focus on certain schools.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34107 replies377 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Well, no, it won't "certainly hurt." They will read the app in this context. Many fine high schools, including many $$ preps and the Jesuit schools, have eliminated AP.

    Nor is it freaking "collusion." I doubt you can substantiate that.

    Same with them not researching a previously unknown high school, IF the applicant appears to be qualified.

    There's the rub: qualified. That doesn't mean LAX player. Or wealthy.

    The toney privates tend to prepare their students quite well. The lesser high schools may not. That's only a "may" not. The best and brightest in less arduous high schools can stand out. (Their rigor, grades, scores, ECs, and LoRs can make it clear this kid stretched. Not just hung back with the crowd.)

    But in holistic, that includes the array of activities meaningful to the colleges.

    Too much time on threads spent worrying about rich kids in certain preps. OP asked a simple question. He/she indicated an interest in local college courses, in another thread.
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