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Can We Believe College Guidebook Admissions Stats?

Question: Are the admission statistics noted in the college guidebooks really accurate, or do they sometimes elevate the numbers so that schools appear more selective than they really are?

The statistics will get you in the ballpark, but there are a couple considerations that may make colleges appear at least a tad more selective than they really are. For instance, some lists or guides provide mid-range SAT scores for students who actually matriculated; some supply data on all accepted students and some on all who applied. These numbers can be fairly different, depending on the institution.

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