By now you’ve most likely heard from your colleges, and if you’re reading this, it means that you’ve survived. Regardless of the results, congratulations on simply making it through the arduous college admissions process! No matter how you fared, you probably have lots of mixed emotions right now, and understandably so. The application process continues to become more and more competitive with each coming year.
This article by Jacques Steinberg of the New York Times will give you an overall picture of what admissions looked like at many of the top schools this year. Sometimes it helps to see the actual numbers to put everything in perspective, but as Steinberg warns us, this is far from a complete picture. He begs us to remember that “there are an estimated 2,000 four year colleges in this country –and…the vast majority accept nearly all who apply. That a fine education can be had at so many institutions, without some of the agita inherent in the decisions chronicled above, cannot be emphasized enough.”
As you move toward making a decision that will affect the next four years of your life and beyond, it might be comforting to know that the college application process may have been the most stressful part. Most people end up enjoying their college experience much more!