Question: Due to my father's sudden illness, I am going to take a year off from college. Moreover, I no longer want to attend any of the southern schools that admitted me and would prefer to stay in the Northeast, closer to home. I plan to apply to the colleges that denied me admission in the spring. What can I tell them on my applications since my record has not changed? (My stats: Rank 28/430, SAT I 700 verbal, 800 math. MathIIc 800. Physics 730).
We're sorry to hear of your father's health problems and of the changes they have necessitated in your college plans. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the colleges that did not admit you last year will change their decisions when you reapply. As you say yourself, your academic record is the same. Obviously, you are a strong student, and if you were to publish a novel, win Teen Jeopardy or achieve something else quite exceptional during your year away from school, there's always a chance that an admission committee will reconsider, but don't get your hopes up.