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Top schools and high school "quotas"?

PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
edited January 2008 in College Admissions
I apologize if this has been addressed before; just point me to the thread. I haven't seen anything about it, though.

I want to know how one's chances at a particular school are affected by contenders from the same high school. I mean, schools must be conscious of the message that they send out by accepting one particular student over another, right? And infinitely more so when the two people are in close contact with one another?

I recently found out that four or five of my overachiever friends will be applying to MIT next year alongside me. I joked with a few of them, like, "You. Me. One spot. YOU'RE ON," but then I started thinking: eek, that's probably pretty accurate!

I'd already been worrying nonstop about the ridiculously qualified students nationwide against whom I'll be competing, but I'd finally convinced myself that hey, it's worth a shot anyways; it's a crapshoot no matter what. But now that I'm competing against these nationally-ranked mathletes, debaters, etc., FROM MY OWN SCHOOL, I've gotten to thinking: what are the chances that they'll accept any more than two of us?

Schools won't accept too many people from one school, right? And, with that established, they'll no doubt pay attention to WHICH of us they accept. Are there certain things that they try to avoid when selecting one student over another from one particular school? Eek! Can anyone shed any light on this?
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Replies to: Top schools and high school "quotas"?

  • laurgirl220laurgirl220 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    I worried about that regarding Penn. My school generally gets only around 1 person max into Penn, and 20 apply. I applied early partially because I didn't want to compete againt everyone RD round. But then I saw some schools that had up to 9 people get in from ONE school, so I think it just depends on the reputation of your school...
  • PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
    Ohh, you're right. Well, personally I go to a random, medium-sized public school that sends a few students per year to Ivy Leagues. (But when I visited the MIT admissions office, the guy working there said that he'd heard of my school! :D That was pretty cool.)
  • wdrmhbswdrmhbs Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    Three girls at my school applied to Cornell and all got accepted. One is extremely smart like top 1-3 while the other 2 rank somewhere in 7-15
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    LOL... that's the bright side of going to a medium-sized underfunded school without windows... I mean there are many smart people, but I don't think many, if any, other than myself intend to apply to MIT

    I wouldn't worry a whole lot (what good will worrying about it do?); if you are an MIT caliber student, you'll have a very good chance of getting in
  • VandanVandan Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    The boy at my school who is going to apply to MIT with me does not have a chance. cuz im da sh**.
  • PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
    Hahaha Vandan, best of luck to you! ;]

    The thing is, I may be an MIT-caliber student -- but if I am, so are these other kids; and for whatever small chance I have, they have a slightly larger one. Sighhh.

    Thanks, though. My parents are like "shhh, you're competing against these kids no matter what; what difference does it make if they come from the same school as you?"... but I'm not sure. Sigh.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471 Senior Member
    I just received a mailing for parents from Duke today. Duke specifically addresses this question: NO, it doesn't matter how many other students apply from your high school, Duke will admit all the students it wants to admit.
  • PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
    Awesome, thank you!
  • nretninretni Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    Of course Duke is going to say that. They want more applicants.

    Unless multiple candidates can truly warrant an acceptance from one particular high school, it doesn't make sense for diversity to accept more than one. They want geographical diversity. Your odds are increasingly against you as more kids from your HS apply.
  • acarey617acarey617 Registered User Posts: 506 Member
    lol @ top-ranked mathletes


    anyway, carry on.
  • PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
    Lmao, I'm even ON math team; I don't know why I used that. It just sounds badass, okay? XD
  • jzboojzboo Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    calling "mathletes" badass-sounding is really something to lmao at xD
  • stephi878stephi878 Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member

    Anyways, my counselor told me one year fifty applied to Cornell and half got in.
  • PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
    WHOA... what kind of school do you go to?
  • stephi878stephi878 Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    public, which is weird. but so many people apply there from my school. 2 are already going for ED and 1 got recruited.
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