Super-Applicants have high grades, test scores and, oh, they’re publishing original research, playing sports and volunteering too. From New York Magazine:
With more students than ever applying to college ï¿½ a full 1.2 million more last year than in 2000 ï¿½ not even flawless SAT scores can open doors at Harvard, which rejects one in four applicants with a perfect 2400. Is your kid ranked first in his class? So are some 36,000 others: Last year, Penn and Duke rejected about 60 percent of the valedictorians who applied.
A college counselor evaluates the admissions chances of some super students. The Asian-American math whiz with perfect SATs is downgraded for weak community service. I thought well-rounded was out and “passion” was in this year for college admissions. The counselor also points out she’s competing with other high-scoring math/science students — “(and a lot of other Asian students in particular)” — to get into elite technical colleges.