For the most part, the Class of 2021 has ended its college quest. There were many winners, with their fat envelopes and exclamation point-laden emails, and there were, unfortunately, those with their skinny envelopes and conciliatory electronic messages. I sincerely hope that you high school seniors were in the former category.
In looking back over the process this year, as someone who has a special interest in college admissions success, I have seen (and suggested) numerous approaches to creating an effective college application. My observations from this particular year have shown me that the traditional approach to applying to college is losing its luster. In fact, a straightforward approach has apparently become somewhat fraught with danger, especially for the those aspiring to the Ivy League and other so-called “elite" schools. Let me explain.