Question: I'm a rising senior nervously waiting for the college-application season to begin. I read a book that says that "some colleges encourage online applications...[to make] their well-publicized rejections seem higher." I was wondering if this means that there is a disadvantage to applying colleges online. Is it true that applying online will lower one's likelihood of acceptance, especially at the most competitive colleges?

There's no disadvantage to applying online for the reason you cite. The book you read was simply suggesting that, by making applying easier, more students are apt to apply, and then the colleges can issue a larger number rejections, thus appearing more "selective." It DOESN'T mean that students who apply online stand a greater chance of being turned away.

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