Being a Great Student Can Hurt Odds of Getting Into College

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High Grades Can Lower Odds of Unengaged Applicants

It’s that time of year.  Lots of high school seniors are beginning to receive acceptance or rejection letters / emails from colleges across the nation.

We know what main factors result in college admissions offers. Some of those main factors are listed below.  They are the profile of an outstanding high school student:

* High GPA

* Completion of College Level Coursework in High  School.

*High Grades in Rigorous Classes (or heavily weighted courses).

* Taking Courses That Exceed the Prospective College’s Admission Requirements.

* High ACT and / or SAT Scores.

* Proof of Long-Term Involvement and Leadership Roles in Student Organizations or Athletics.

But these same factors can work against a stellar student if the student does not display behaviors of high interest or high-yield.  A high-yield student is one who will most likely enroll if offered admission.

One of the many things that colleges are trying to do during the admissions process is determine if an applicant is a high yield-applicant.  The better the student profile, the lower the student’s “yield score”.  This is because students with an outstanding academic profile usually have multiple college admissions offers therefore colleges see the student as a low-yield student.

Colleges and universities have behavior markers and situational factors they use to determine if an applicant is high-yield. For example, an applicant with an outstanding academic profile accompanied by the following behaviors will mostly be considered a high-yield student:

*Campus Visit(s)

*Submission of Early Admission Application

*Early Financial Aid Application / Inquiry

*Meetings, Email, and or Phone Inquiries With the Admissions Office

* Demonstrated Knowledge about the College or University and/ or a Particular Major Offered

Situational Factors of High-Yield Students Include:

* Applicant Resides Within Relatively Close Proximity to the College

* Applicant Is a Legacy Applicant or Has Family Ties to the College

*Applicant Has Been Offered A Significant Scholarship to Attend.

When great students apply late, don’t correspond, and have an incomplete application package, many colleges categorize them as a low-yield student who is not very interested in attending and has many other college prospects to choose from.  A great academic profile + low-yield behaviors could = no admissions offer or wait-listed.

What’s a Parent To Do?

If you know your kid is very interested in attending a particular college or university, insure that she or he is letting the admissions office know this!  The approach must be balanced.  Your kid cannot come off as a desperate psycho begging to be admitted; yet, if your outstanding student doesn’t exhibit some of the high-yield behaviors mentioned above they are at a disadvantage.  One caveat, notice I said your student should demonstrate these behaviors.  It really is not in your senior’s best interest for you to be contacting admissions with various inquires in lieu of your student.  Encourage your high school senior to exhibit those high-yield behaviors!

Every student’s situation is unique, this blog is for information purposes.  Consult your child’s school counselor or an independent college admissions adviser for specific guidance.


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