5 Myths About The College Admissions Process

Since college application season is in full swing, I thought now would be a good time to discuss some of the myths about the college admissions process.

Do you have your pen and paper ready? Great, let’s get started…

Myth#1 – Colleges Don’t Look At Facebook

According to U.S. News, 33% of colleges are somewhat likely to revoke an offer of admission if there is an inappropriate web posting that was brought that their attention.

In fact, some colleges have specific admissions officers dedicated to checking out applicants’ Facebook pages.

Would you be embarrassed if your parents or grandparents saw the information that you posted on your Facebook page? If so, then you should probably take it down!

Myth#2 – Essays Don’t Really Matter

When it comes time to apply to college, most student’s GPA and SAT/ACT score are already set in stone. By the time senior year rolls around, students will only be able to slightly raise their GPA and despite how much studying is put in for the SAT/ACT, research has proven that very few students can significantly increase their standardized test score.

However, the college admissions essay is much different. The admissions essays give students an incredible opportunity to tell the admissions committee something positive and memorable about themselves. It’s a student’s chance to give the admissions committee a compelling reason to admit them and explain why their GPA and/or standardized test scores might not be up to par.

Yet and still, a lot of students leave the essay to the last minute and never end up with enough time to draft well-written college entrance essays. Don’t be like the majority of students; take this opportunity to impress the admissions officers by writing a really great essay!

If you’re looking for sample college admissions essays, check out these posts:

Myth #3 – Most Colleges Are Very Competitive (Hard To Get In)

Let’s talk about the “Seventy-Seventy Rule”…this means that 70% of colleges accept more than 70% of their applicants. This also means that there are tons of colleges out there who accept more than 70% of applicants. So, the truth is…most colleges are not very competitive.

In fact, some colleges admit nearly all applicants. Does this mean that these are “bad colleges?” Absolutely not. A lot of times these are great colleges! There are a variety of reasons why some colleges admit most students. Some state colleges happen to be more lenient with applicants who are from that particular state.

Myth #4 – Interviews Are “Optional”

If a college gives you the opportunity to come in for an interview, you must GO! You should view the interview as an opportunity, rather than an option. Here’s a couple reasons why.

First, If you turn down the interview, it may send a message to the admissions office that you’re really not that interested in the school. Since there are tons of applicants out there like you, colleges would rather admit students who are truly interested in attending.

Second, interviews give you one last chance to impress the admissions committee…in person. This is your opportunity to show them why you deserve to be admitted to their school. This means that you have to do your homework – research the school’s website, be able to articulate why you want to attend their school, and have good questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview.

Check out this post for more information on college interviews:

Myth #5 – I’m Really Involved at School…So My GPA Doesn’t Matter

While colleges do want to admit well-rounded students, you must always remember that GPA and standardized test scores are the 2 most important decision makers in the college admissions process. Therefore, if you don’t think you can successfully mange being involved in sports or extracurricular activities, while maintaining a high GPA (3.0 or above), then you should consider cutting back on some of those extra activities

While colleges will look at your complete application – GPA, ACT/SAT score, college admissions essays, recommendation letters, rigor of high school course schedule, etc. – the bottom line is that colleges wan to admit students who work hard, take their academics seriously, and who will do well at their college.

However, if you are a high school senior with a low GPA and you still want to go to college, check out this post for some helpful tips:

As always, I hope this information was helpful…leave me a comment with your feedback below!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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