How much does National Merit Semi-Finalist matter?

<p>I'm asking for your guess on this. What impact does being a National Merit Semi-Finalist matter in the admissions process? </p>

<p>My guess is very little, they have your SAT I and II scores by now, why would they put any weight on the NMSF distinction? </p>

<p>I wonder if having the distinction would discount a relatively poor class rank? Say 115th in a class of 800. Any thoughts?</p>

<p>it might...but at columbia and other top schools, just about everyone is a nm semi or commended</p>