Class of 2023 results are flowing in and what an impressive group of seniors (and their families) we have had the honor of working with!
Year after year, we provide clarity and insight into the world of college admissions to make it more transparent. After the ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal last month, parents and students are even more concerned about what it takes to get into college. We here at Top Tier Admissions remain accountable, aware, and PRESENT for our families helping them navigate the process. Their admissions results are the just reward for all their hard work. This is when we hear from students, “It was SO worth it and I can’t thank you enough…I’m going to my dream school!”
MORAL OF THE (COLLEGE ADMISSIONS) STORY
There are no shortcuts on the road to an Ivy or top college acceptance. No fancy technology interface, side door access, or trick can do what old fashioned grit, grades and great scores will provide. No sneaky unethical advisor has the answers and no “expert” offering a “shortcut” will make it less hard. Why? Because those students getting into the most competitive schools with single digit acceptance rates have almost perfect GPAs, top standardized test scores, academic awards, and have taken the most rigorous courses throughout high school and then more on their own. They have initiative, a love of learning, and often ask themselves, “what can I give” not “what can I get?” These top students are bridge builders in their communities and look outside their high school to take action in their areas of interest.
Even recruited athletes, typically 15-18% of the accepted classes at elite schools, have had to demonstrate discipline and sacrifice, dedicating their time and focus to become top athletes in their sports, vs the student who is just a good player. Underrepresented minorities or first- generation students who have academic excellence and a drive to succeed demonstrated by how they’ve spent their four years in high school are also those who are offered spots at top colleges. But both athletic recruits and underrepresented students must also have an academic profile that is acceptable to admissions officers and now this will be even more tightly scrutinized.
We find, after working in admissions for almost two decades, that our students who get into top colleges take our advice and then take action. Those students looking for an easy way through high school and then complain that admissions isn’t fair aren’t looking at what it takes. Is it fair that only a few juniors are chosen for elite summer programs such as the Research Science Institute at MIT? Sure, because the program is rigorous and expects a certain caliber scientist to join them and take advantage of the incredible research resources offered by the program. Rather than complain about injustice, our students get busy taking action on their interests and become scholars.
TOP TIER’S CLASS OF 2023
All of this to say, we couldn’t be prouder of our current seniors! Their hard work, dedication and true devotion to their academics has paid off in spades! Check out the many colleges and universities smart enough to accept these amazing talents!