How Do College Admission Officials View "Elite" High School Applicants?

Question: When you look at a students application, does a elite high school make a difference.

Admission officials endeavor to learn enough about every applicant's high school to understand the level of rigor—and competition—that the applicant has faced. When a student has attended an “elite" school … which is presumably a challenging school as well … the admission folks will evaluate him or her in the context of this demanding environment. They certainly realize that A's are handed out liberally at some high schools but can be hard to earn at others. Admission officials also know that a strong—even if not stellar—student at a top high school is more likely to make a smooth transition to college work than a student who has sailed through an easier high school.

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