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The school counselor says our son is overreaching. Do we listen?

Question: My son was thinking about applying ED to Tufts. His guidance counselor told him that no one from his high school has ever gotten in with his GPA and his ACT score. He told him not to waste his early decision. What should he do?

Last week "The Dean' started a thread on the College Confidential discussion forum (“Did your school counselor tell you NOT to apply to a "dream" college?"), which was prompted by a query much like yours. In that case, however, the counselor was practically forbidding the student to apply to a top-choice college, while it sounds like your son's counselor is merely ringing a warning bell. But there are certainly striking similarities … and it's a fairly common concern, as you can see from the comments on CC:

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