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Will Less Competitive High School Boost Admission Odds?

Question: I'm a sophomore in a very rigorous high school in a wealthy suburb. I do well academically, but I'm not at the top of my class here. However, not a lot of students from my school get accepted at Ivies and the like. If I transfer to a less competitive high school, where I am more likely to be at the top of my class, will that improve my college admission chances?

Being a stronger student at a less competitive high school MAY boost your college admissions chances. I must admit I've heard tales of decent (but not stand-out) students at one high school who transfer to another school nearby and graduate with valedictorian status and a mailbox full of Ivy acceptances.

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