Are Case Study Students from Admission Books Representative?

<p>So I'm sure a lot of eager applicants and past applicants have read in a book about various "case studies" of applicants with seemingly impossible extracurricular involvement and accomplishments. From your experience, how accurate or representative do you think the "students" featured in books like "A is for Admissions" or "Acing the Application" are of real admits to HYP and other Ivy Leagues?</p>

<p>I, for one, believe that these types of students are maybe one in every few high schools.</p>

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I, for one, believe that these types of students are maybe one in every few high schools.

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<p>Isn't that precisely the point? As admissions to top schools gets increasingly competitive, it is the truly unique--those who create hooks/niches for themselves--who will get in.</p>