My daughter just got denied as well. She has been accepted into Honors at two other private colleges so far, as well as receiving other top scholarships. She is in top 10 of her 200+ class ranking in her high school, 34 ACT, 3.97 GPA, hundreds of service hours, student government, tons of activities, choir, band, lots of awards and to top it off 4s and 5 on AP exams and one was in English! Her writing skills are top notch and two universities specifically reached out to her and told her that the essays submitted were some of the best they have ever received.
UK putting so much emphasis on an essay which frankly, depending on who reads it and their biases, pushes out really talented kids who have a lot to offer and have worked towards this goal for many years. Many other prestigious colleges give automatic entrance to students with this high caliber. In my opinion and many adults who I have spoken to specifically about this, is that the Mt. Rushmore prompt was one of the worst we have ever come across. Yet my daughter still managed to write something amazing. Apparently it wasn’t good enough for whomever read it.
UK WAS her top choice but at this point who knows, this all seems to be such a ridiculous game. She is being courted by other colleges, yet UK was her first choice because we are KY residents.
Best of luck to your kids because that seems to be the way to get in the Honors College.