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You WILL get accepted

UCLAcounselorUCLAcounselor Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
edited August 2010 in College Admissions
OK!

So, I have to say. I started looking at "college confidential" a week or so ago because of some comments by my students and I was shocked at how much people worry about getting into college.

I have been a student at UCLA for 4 years and now am an orientation counselor. I have been a campus tour guide and a housing tour guide and am pretty well involved with the campus to know that people from ALL backgrounds and ALL GPAs get into college (even the best ones)

It is common to see on this website "I have a 4.2 GPA and 5s on all 15 of my AP tests... will I get into (fill in the blank) college?"

DO NOT WORRY! you'll get into A college. SOME college. And NOTHING that anyone says on "college confidential" is going to change that fact. When I entered UCLA, some of my friends entering UCLA or Cal or USC had (weighted) GPAs of 3.7 or less and SATs of less than 1800. But they are there because they were themselves through the whole application process; they were not trying to be someone they thought the application review committee was looking for.

SO! be yourself and you will be surprised at some of the schools that accept you.

GOOD LUCK! (You can private message me if you have a question)
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Replies to: You WILL get accepted

  • getacargetacar Registered User Posts: 328 Member
    Thank you for the reminder. I think sometimes people go a bit overboard when worrying about getting into _______ school.
  • mwright8294mwright8294 Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    Pointless thread is pointless. OP doesn't realize CCers are predominantly very intelligent students who worry. ABOUT EVERYTHING. As such, most of us want to get into very prestigious universities. I can almost guarantee that over half of the people here will have an ivy, stanford, MIT, caltech, etc as their first pick.

    I can almost guarantee that most CCers don't worry about getting into A college, but worry about THE college of their choice.

    /thread
  • everaryeverary Registered User Posts: 708 Junior Member
    ^The OP meant more like 'great students will have a good time wherever they go' than the obvious 'heads up, you guys won't go to community college', but agreed nevertheless.

    By the way, welcome to CC. Some forums are more relaxed and less-Ivy obsessed than the others. I recommend you stay off the 'what are my chances' forum in particular due to the perpetual panic on there (unless you plan on giving advice to UCLA prospies). Also, watch out for the ****.

    Adding:
    - I never hear about people here applying to lower-tier schools (having one as a safety doesn't count) for the possibly-amazing merit aid they could get.
    - Competitive universities and the universities of the Ivy League are all different from each other; it's fairly common around here to see people applying to HYPSM+next five most prestigious universities+one safety, and in that case I usually judge them as not having done enough research.
    - It is actually possible for outstanding applicants to be rejected from *all* of their schools. This is obviously rare and is the result of not having enough matches and/or safeties. See this thread. Despite that, I still don't get people who apply to eleven+ different schools.
  • apyyyyapyyyy Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    I don't think it's fair to simply tell a student that they will get accepted 'somewhere'. With so much hubbub about 'fit' and finding a school that you love, it doesn't surprise me that student's are stressed out trying to get admissions to their first choice school. The experience at one school might be significantly different than the experience at another, even if they are similar schools.

    I don't condone chance threads and the like, but I absolutely understand the hysteria behind college admissions by some of these students. To tell kids not to worry in a game where every small detail matters is almost more bad advice than good.
  • UCLAcounselorUCLAcounselor Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Well. I agree with apyyyy in the sense that some schools are better for others for certain students. In my experience, as I was applying to schools I was accepted to and decided to attend Stanford University. BUT, I was going about college in a "I want to go to the highest ranked college that I get into because that is my DREAM COLLEGE"

    Once I got accepted I thought "THIS IS IT! IM HERE! IN MY DREAM SCHOOL" only because I was going about looking for a college in the fashion (may I quote mright8294) "that over half of the people here with an ivy, stanford, MIT, caltech, etc as their first pick" look for a college.

    SO, who is to say that COLUMBIA or HARVARD is "THE college of choice"? Nobody, most of these students have never been to the DREAM colleges they choose and still are only consumed in the fact that its an "IVY" or its a well known university.

    Two weeks into my time at Stanford I dropped out and had a long talk with UCLA admissions about being reaccepted into the university in time for the school year.

    SO no... not every college is for everyone. BUT the reason I wrote this thread is to say that 1.) you'll get into a great college that fits your level and it will have great things to offer... and 2.) Your DREAM COLLEGE is not always going to be the college you'll have the most fun in or be the most successful in so keep your options open.
  • DeterminedJayDeterminedJay Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    and i still think half of them lie... im just saying... because with a 3.5 or higher you will get into a good school no doubt
  • porkpersonporkperson Registered User Posts: 2,071 Senior Member
    The thing is, you will get into "A" school, just maybe not the school that is your first choice. That's why students worry.
  • getacargetacar Registered User Posts: 328 Member
    @mwright8294: I seriously doubt that half of CCers will go their first picks if their first picks are all Ivies and similar schools. It seems that a lot of CC is just **** and people who lie about their stats to get attention.

    The college search does not need to be like that. I think that is what the OP is trying to get across.
  • nothingtonothingto Registered User Posts: 1,347 Senior Member
    ^^ Determined Jay, most schools that are great have students where 60-70% of there students have GPA's of 3.75+.
  • GhosttGhostt Registered User Posts: 1,658 Senior Member
    I agree that the prestige-whoring culture on CC can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. This is why I don't spend as much time on here anymore. Not that you guys aren't awesome, because you are, but the average CCer tends to lose perspective and sink into a slimier and slimier cesspool of self-doubt and undue emotional strain the more time he or she wastes here (and browsing endless chance threads to make yourself feel better/worse about your own chances *is* a waste of time. Your stats won't magically change)...

    To be quite honest, while my first choice is a school I don't really see myself getting into, I'm not all that heartbroken about it. I'll do my absolute best to get accepted, but if I don't, my matches and safeties are all schools I'd love to attend; Clark, Whitman, Reed, Bard, etc. are all schools I feel I'd fall in love with on the first day.

    I think this is the secret to getting through the application process unscathed: choose realistic schools whose ethos and mission (vibe, if you will) appeal to you. Don't fixate on one single college.
  • UCLAcounselorUCLAcounselor Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    ^ AMEN! (messages have a character minimum?)
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    choose realistic schools whose ethos and mission (vibe, if you will) appeal to you.

    Agreed. Smart research is the key.
  • DeterminedJayDeterminedJay Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    not really.. i know for a fact with a 3.5 you wont go to a ****ty school...
  • reesezpiecez103reesezpiecez103 Registered User Posts: 1,246 Senior Member
    ^ Well, Determined Jay, that depends. If you only apply to Ivy-League schools, then there is a very good chance that you may end y at, as you put it, a ****ty school - or no school at all, if you're not smart about picking safeties and matches.

    That being said, I support the OP's post. There are so many people on here who all say "Chance me for every single Ivy League plus Stanford plus MIT plus Caltech! My life is over if I don't get in!" and don't realize the value of actually looking at the fit of a college. I think a better way to phrase the title would probably be "you WILL get in, if you're smart about admissions."

    Perhaps some people here lie about admissions, but if you think about it, there are thousands of high schools around the country. Most of those high schools have at least a few high-achieving students, and some have many. So theoretically, it's possible that many people are being honest about their stats. Good stats don't always lead to admission, for various reasons.
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