In today’s ultra-competitive admissions process, your personal statement has never been more important. Unlike standardized test scores and GPAs, an admissions essay can truly set your application apart from those submitted by the thousands of applicants you’re competing with. Even near-perfect scores and grades are not enough to earn you admission at the most elite schools and programs today. That’s because the average applicant is significantly more qualified today than he or she was a decade ago. With so many qualified applicants competing for a limited number of spots, admissions committees have turned to other elements of the application to make difficult decisions about who to accept and who to reject.
Once the acceptance - and rejection - notices have been received, the choice of where to go needs to be made by the student. For some, it's simple - early decision acceptances and early action options take the anxiety out of waiting until late March through early May for answers to come in. For the majority of students, however, there will be tough decisions to make, difficult rejections to come to terms with and acceptances that will be a great fit. After once more looking at the academic profile and being sure that the school will offer a major right for him, the student should then move on to other areas of college life that will play a big part in his success, from social life to housing, networking opportunities to professor accessibility.