Finding the Right Fit
The key to a well researched college list is the time and attention given to identifying your needs and goals for the next phase of your education. It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure a well rounded list of colleges by taking a conservative approach to making your final choices. Use common sense to create a strong final list by placing each college in one of three different categories:
*In terms of your admissibility
Colleges representing each category are essential for students to ensure a well rounded list of colleges. As the college admission process has become more competitive and students feel the need to apply to several schools, it is always a good idea to take a practical approach and include at least 2-3 ‘Likely' (Safety) colleges on your application list.
Challenging (Reach) College:
is one in which the average GPA and Standardized Test Score of admitted students is above your GPA and Test Scores.
Possible (Good Match):
College is one in which either the average GPA or Standardized Test Scores of admitted students is equal to or below your scores.
College is one in which both the average GPA and Standardized Test Scores are lower than your scores.
From this perspective, students should consider their cumulative GPA and current standardized test scores and compare them to the average GPA and test score total typically accepted by the college (view this on the Scattergram on Family Connection or under "General Info" for each college look up). This information may also be found on the college's website.
A bit of advice:
Each college on your list should be a school you would gladly attend if it were the only school you were accepted to. It is not unusual for a senior to have 6 or more potential first choices; this makes for a much more fluid process as you submit applications and ultimately, select a college to attend. Many colleges make admission data available for the most recent incoming class.