Richmond admission not hard

<p>So I got my large envelope on Thursday containing my acceptance letter and I was ecctatic. However, I began to think to myself that Richmond couldn't have been that selective to let me in. My SAT scores were: </p>


<p>I had done alot of research on Richmond before applying ED and it was my impression that their average SAT ranges were in the 620-650's. I am probably the most outgoing and involved person in the school, and my GPA is about 3.6 unweighted. Do you think this had anything to do with my acceptance?</p>

<p>You are making a fundamental error common to most, if not almost all, high school seniors.</p>

<p>SATs, while important, do not spell automatic rejection at most schools--even some top 20 schools. Admissions is really about what you bring to the community which the school is trying to build. They need artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, kids with community service commitments. The school is seeking a passion which it obviously found in you. Congratulations and don't doubt yourself or your choice.</p>

<p>If admissions was all about stats then why are so many perfect kids rejected?</p>

<p>At my S's HS, a perfect kid (1600 SAT, perfect 4.0 u/w, #1) got rejected from almost everywhere but Timbuck U. Brilliant but not involved in anything but books. The GC had to pick up the phone and lobby hard.</p>

<p>i definitely think it did--I have a friend who, while he had good grades, was not top of the class--probably not even top 5%. (i think he had decent sats, but nothing outstanding.) however, he was involved in everything: class president, everyone knew and liked him, etc. he was pretty much the leader of our school, like an honorary vice principal. definitely a leader! he got a full ride to uva. i think this was because of who he was, def. not his stats. i think your personality or involvement can really make your app. </p>

<p>congrats on getting into u of r! (i admire that the whole 'mush' thing w/ the president didn't completely put you off it lol.)</p>