Hopefully this free advice from The Dean will be at least worth what you’ve paid for it. But if you want a little extra insight into your admission chances at your top-choice colleges, consider a College Karma Stats Evaluation.
SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: College Karma is a business I co-founded in 2008 with my College Confidential colleague, Dave Berry, after College Confidential was acquired by Hobsons, its parent company. You can read about the Stats Eval near the top of the page here: http://www.collegekarma.com/college_counseling/college_counseling.htm As I said above, it’s $150, and I assure you that you will get your money’s worth. I also assure you that The Dean’s cut of your $150 fee is so minuscule that it won’t cover the cost of the Halloween candy that I am going to buy this afternoon. So I am recommending the Stats Eval for your benefit and not my own.
After you complete and submit the Stats Evaluation form, you will receive an assessment of your admission chances at all the colleges you listed on the form along with suggestions of ways to improve those chances, where possible. The Eval report also provides the names of other colleges to consider that should meet your profile and preferences. So if you are worried that your extracurricular activities are sub-par and that your college list is out of kilter because of it, a Stats Eval may help you find out before it’s too late or it may allow you to sleep better at night if you learn that you are aiming appropriately.