College Choice vs. The “Elite Mystique”


My years of counseling college applicants have generated an ongoing question for me: Why do so many obviously unqualified students still aspire to apply to the Ivy League and other so-called elite colleges? What, despite the best advice I (and others) can give them, drives them to remain fixed on these incredibly competitive schools? What keeps them from focusing on a more rational, better suited selection?

I've pondered this syndrome long and hard and have come up with some thoughts about it and want to share them today. If you're a high school senior planning your college process, or have already begun it, perhaps my comments will help you better understand the challenges you may face if one or more of these hyper-selective schools is on your list of candidates. I also hope to give you a more objective rationale for choosing a college.

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