The Best States


<p>What do you guys think are the best states in terms of geographic diversity when applying to colleges?</p>

<p>I think the best states are probably Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Maybe Mississippi? Alabama? </p>

<p>Any other opinions? How much of a boost do you think applicants really get from this?</p>

<p>probably Alaska</p>

<p>Arkansas and Maine.</p>

<p>The Deep South in general (not VA or NC), because Suotherners are usually from texas, Florida or the two I already mentioned</p>

<p>Yep..they usually do it by regions instead of state(so I heard)...and in the south they're usually represented by Florida and Texas...</p>

<p>What about Nevada? Or are we categorized with Cali.....?</p>

That's where I'm from...</p>

<p>I know someone from Nebraska who got into Harvard. She's really smart though (obviously). She also had a big family legacy though. She probably would have gotten in if she was from Boston.</p>

<p>My sister goes to Princeton, and in the class of 2010 profile it said there wasn't anybody from Nebraska. Not sure whether thats a plus or minus, but it's kind of an interesting stat</p>

<p>Frankly, I think coming from a big name school in somewhere like NJ or NY is better than some little school in Cowtown, WY. Think about it: the college will know the rich private school already and will know top kids come out of it. The person from the little farm-school house may have just been a favorite and slammed through. Also, there's a greater chance for more proof of potential in bigger areas (AP/IB, more EC stuff, ect)</p>

<p>I think the little state that wins is Louisiana, simply because if you can still live there, well, you've got heart. Followed by Wyoming/Kansas/Oklahoma. I once talked to a Navel Acad. admissions officer and he said they can't give away congressional appointments out there.</p>

<p>I'm personally biased though, and also believe Nothern Virginia is the best area to come from. With good grades (not above average or stellar, but i'm talking 3.5-3.7) you can get into UVA (public ivy), W&M, and VT (engineering powerhouse) with a little kick. Plus, if you want to go OOS, you've been well prepared by APs, IBs, and the general wealth of opportunities in the area.</p>

<p>What about Missouri? It's in the midwest, but we have Kansas City and St.Louis though...</p>

<p>The state that has the most poverty, and the most tenuous connection to scholarship, is likely to give you biggest edge, the argument goes. But why do you ask? Are you jealous of people who grew up under more trying circumstances than you did, and who accordingly may be given a break by some admissions committee? Should we then reserve our highest degree of envy for those people who spend their childhoods locked in a closet by a deranged parent?</p>

<p>Just so everyone knows, Florida is not considered part of the South. The South (and Deep South) are states like Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana. To an extent, Texas also. But not Florida. Geographically, it is, but to everyone in the South, Florida is considered more East Coastish.</p>

<p>I'm from Tennessee, suburban area. Woohoo!</p>

<p>We could get into a whole discussion about what exactly is the South (don't forget Virginia), but admissions people tend to group it into the South, so I guess it belongs there in this thread</p>

<p>Really? I would think think they group with the mid-Atlantic (with Virginia). </p>

<p>But you're right. I'd rather not argue about the South right now.</p>

<p>Northern Virginia is Mid-Atlantic, the rest is the South. There really are pretty big differences between the two.</p>



<p>MA...? Ya.. no... lol</p>

<p>For best state. Ignore the question :P</p>