There is a saying in the field of construction bidding that when you submit a low bid which is significantly lower than the next bid, the difference between the two is considered money left on the table.
In a way, thats how Im feeling about the college admissions process right now; that my D has left money - or in this case admittances - on the table.
From reading threads on this site, I can say my D is a classic BWRK. Mid-1400s SATs (her main weakness), state-level recognition in one talent, a bunch of ECs including yearbook editor, a varsity sport, a couple of officer positions in clubs, a 97+ average, and 2/300 class rank. A strong writer and a happy kid.
We spent a lot of time looking at colleges and decided to go mostly with LACs. She applied to 7 schools, including Colgate, Hamilton, U of R (matches), Franklin & Marshall and an in-state college (safeties), Dartmouth and Williams (reaches).
She ended up getting offers for the top scholarships from the schools at which she was accepted that have provided aid information. She was waitlisted by Williams today and I expect a rejection or waitlist from Dartmouth.
She never expected a happy ending from her reaches. What I still cant believe is the offers from the matches. How can she be in the top few % of the applicants for Colgate and Hamilton and be at the bottom of the pack (or below) at Williams and Dartmouth? I guess Im saying that we must have missed some other tier of schools that would have been more of a match for her. She will end up going to one of these matches and Im very proud of her. Shell have a fabulous time, Im sure. And we can afford it. But she always wanted to go to a school where she wasnt in the top of the class. She wanted to be surrounded by kids who were as accomplished or preferably more accomplished than she.
So, did we miss some other schools in between? Did we leave some admittances on the table by not doing our homework? I am feeling a little like I let D down.
Ill be doing this again in three years with my S, wholl have similar stats, I think. Any comments?