By Failure - 22/12/2016 03:32
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That's only for select schools in Texas. Most schools, especially those that are not like a UT or A&M, do top 15 or top 25. UT actually does top 7% so many students that don't meet this requirement do get into these schools because of other requirements, such as SAT/ACT scores, essays, ect. For OP, if her grades were really good, it must have been what she did/didn't do outside of school. Universities look at that as well. Community college isn't bad, especially if you wants to save money.
I could have easily been in the top 10% in my high school. I had no interest in going to college. I planned on waiting until I had a good job before I did. Now I've got that job and will be starting school later this year while still living comfortably and not wondering if I can find a job after I graduate.
Did you have enough extracurricular activities? A girl at my high school was 4.0/valedictorian and the main reason she was rejected was due to the fact she wasn't in any clubs. I don't know much about the schools you applied to (did you apply to all Ivy's??) but I do know being rejected from your top school absolutely sucks. When I was rejected from my top choice I called and asked what I could have done better for my application. They were happy to talk to me and give me advice. Perhaps you could call or email a few of the schools you thought you had a good chance for? I'm really sorry, OP. I've been there and it's god awful. Try looking into smaller schools with rolling admissions or community college. I'm sure this is stressful as hell and not what you want to do, but you can always transfer out. Good luck!
I think you hit the nail on the head. My cousin was rejected from his dream school (UC Berkley) despite being second in his class with over a 4.3 GPA because he had no extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, I was accepted into my dream school (UC Davis) with only a 3.67 GPA because I did volunteer work, was president and part of multiple clubs, etc. It isn't always about the grades; you have to show you can do well in school and know how to interact with others. You need both to be as successful possible and it helps you seem desirable to schools as well. I think it also depends on the major you're applying for. The more impacted the major, the harder it is to get in on your first try.
Berkeley and Davis don't really compare, despite both being UCs. Berkeley is highly competitive, Davis...not so much. When I was in HS we all applied to our top UC choices (Berkeley, UCLA, etc) and also Davis because we knew we would all get in there, just in case our top choices didn't pan out.
#60, it depends on the major you're applying for, as I stated previously. I'm pre-vet and Davis is well known for being competitive as hell in the medical fields, especially for pre-med and pre-vet students. You should research how many people apply vs. are accepted. It's not easy by any means. And let's not even start on the competitiveness of the graduate schools.
At least when it came to applying to grad school, most schools said they would offer an explanation or suggestions on how to be a more competitive applicant in the future. Were you applying for spring term, or are you living outside of the US? At least here, other than if you applied early decision (and you can only apply to one school for that), deadlines have not passed for next fall (and you wouldn't have gotten a rejection yet, but that's beside the point). Worst case scenario, find out the faults in your application, attend a semester of community college, strengthen your application, and include one or two definite safety schools. Good luck.
28 Sure, some people can't afford college, but they find a way (or make their own way), and as long as they are wise in picking a field to go into, they can come out ahead (financially and educationally) in the end. College is an investment in yourself and your future, it's not just a series of experiences that leaves you with some unique memories (like traveling the world). A college education has the potential to pay you back for your time and money investment, while traveling isn't likely to have the same practical value.It's just silly to compare the two.
That definitely sucks, but I have to ask, did you have a good range of school, or any safety schools? Real ones? Or were most of your schools reach schools with a few "I'll probably get in here"s as your safeties? A friend of mine applied to 17 school and only got into 2, and one of them not even for her major. Why? She considered Oxford her reach school and only applied to a bunch of ivy leagues, high up specialty business schools, and a few might as well be ivy schools. She had a 4.0 and several out of school activities (though she had let most of them go by senior year) and a club or two, so she figured it was an easy in. Ivys are never an easy in. Plus, my school is high achieving, and she wasn't that special. The only school she really got into was an OK-ish state school that her parents forced her to apply to. Meanwhile I got into all but one of my 6 schools, and ended up going to a better college than she did despite only 3.4, and slightly more impressive extra curriculars. Another thing, if you didn't visit and interview at any colleges, do so next time. The only one I didn't get into is one of the only ones I didn't visit or interview at. It makes a really big difference. For your essays try to avoid writing about sports, mission trips/volunteer works, church, or grades. Also, for the love of all that is holy, don't just summarize the school's front page if they ask for an special essay (aforementioned friend also did this) on why you want to go. Unless you got a famous name with buttloads of cash behind you this will pretty much get your application thrown out. They know what you're doing, and it's insulting. If you got great grades by taking only the easiest level courses this will also count negatively. Try again next year, and enjoy a gap year to build up some cash and more resume fodder, don't get too cocky (impressive resumes aren't so impressive if even a fifth of your class is doing just as much or better). Apply to some "beneath you" schools, and if those are the only ones you get into they at the very least should give you a good aid package. A year won't really throw off the college experience.
I'm sorry to hear that! Unfortunately in states like Texas, the top 10% in your class automatically get in, so it leaves little room for other students even with exceptional applications. Good luck op, I wish you the best!