In terms of the status quo of college admissions, it really depends on who you are as an applicant. If you’re a double legacy, and your parents can donate a library or two to your desired college, congrats! You can stop reading, because chances are that you’re already admitted! If not, read on...
Students facing college admissions are often baffled and confused by an enormous web of complexities; case in point, information overload. Do a Google search on “college admission”, Google will tell you that you have “About 1,560,000,000 results.” Where do you start and finish your research? D-I-Y may not be your best option. So, how do you get proper advice?
If you attend a public high school in the US, your dedicated school-based counselor is likely to have a caseload of hundreds of students. In some states, it exceeds a thousand. The upshot is that through no fault of your school counselor, you may not get the guidance you need with your college applications.
If you’re an international student, your task is exponentially harder. It’s understandable that teachers and school counselors outside the US may not be familiar with the holistic college admissions process in America. In fact, many schools outside the US don’t even have counselors. For schools that do, their counselors’ main responsibilities are to support students by providing psychological counseling, intervention services, and employment advice — all important work, but not the service you need to be accepted at a highly selective US college like Wharton, Princeton or Harvard.