Question: My child is very highly ranked in her class, has an A+ GPA and good SAT scores. But our high school does not have a history of sending many students to "top colleges." The school could not provide me with any summary information and does not participate in the Naviance service. Will her high school hurt her in the admissions process?

Although it may sound counterintuitive, your daughter's high school may actually help her in the admissions process because, whether they will confess to it or not, most colleges operate on what I’ve dubbed “the push-pin theory.”

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