Will Multiple Applicants from the Same High School Hurt Elite Admission Chances?

Question: If a large number of students from my high school all apply to the same highly selective college that I do, will that affect my chances of being admitted? Is it better to be the only applicant from my school? Should I try to discourage other students who are interested in the same colleges that I am?

You ask a good question. Many students (and parents) are convinced that multiple applications from the same high school to a highly selective college will surely diminish their own chances at decision time. Admission officials, on the other hand, usually insist that each student is judged on his or her own merits, regardless of how many classmates are in competition.

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