SO WHILE YOU AREN’T COMPETING DIRECTLY WITH YOUR SCHOOLMATES, YOU ARE COMPETING WITH OTHER STUDENTS FROM YOUR STATE & REGION.
- Percent of students from a state
- Percent of students from a geographic region
- Percent of students from low income neighborhoods or traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
- Get real data. Ask your counselor for data on how many students per year from your school get into your dream college. Through tools like SCOIR / Naviance, you can also get the GPA and test scores of the accepted students. This type of data isn’t predictive of the future. But it does give you a sense of how competitive students in your school are vs. other students in the region / state.
- Focus on what’s in front of you. Don’t stress about beating that person in your class in GPA, activities, or whatever else. Focus on improving your own application and being the best version of yourself. That will help stand out more than just “doing what that other student did, but better.”
- Take advantage of resources in your school and community. Many admissions readers will know your school and the options in your region. If there are well known or highly selective opportunities in your state, seize them.
Article written by Admission Science