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floridadad55 Senior Member

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  • Re: Rejected to everything.

    It is very hard to get into a top school without a hook.

    Last year, my son had 2300 SATs, 3.7 unweighted gpa, with 14 AP classes, but mediocre EC's, and got waitlisted at Emory, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, and Davidson.

    We had kind of presumed that he was likely to at least get into Emory.

    You were definitely ripped off.

    There is a tendency to give SAT scores less weight in the admissions process, which I think is political correctness run amok.

    I would advise kids with high SAT scores to apply to schools in the United Kingdom, where they go more by standardized test scores.

    And to apply to the top OOS state universities, where they covet out of state tuition money.

    You can always try and transfer.

    BTW, I know many people last year with top stats who got rejected at Northwestern.

    It is by no means easy to get into.

    While I see a lot of advice on CC to apply to just 8 schools, I truly believe that for top students, the correct number is about 25, given the incredibly low acceptance rates at the top schools.